Our training, your way

Your guide to getting on the Apprenticehsip Route

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a period of training that allows you to learn a particular skill or set of skills, and get paid whilst doing it. They can last between one and four years. If you didn’t already know, then you do now!

You will need both an employer, and an Apprenticeship training provider first and foremost. This can work two ways. 1) You find an Apprenticeship vacancy with a training provider that already exists and apply for it. Most training providers have their own Apprenticeship Vacancy page.

Or 2) You find an employer that you would like to work for, and who would like to take on an Apprentice first of all, and they or you contact a suitable and registered (ROATP) training provider to sign you up to the Apprenticeship and deliver the training.

How to choose a sector and vocation that’s right for you?

There are hundreds of Apprenticeships in a variety of different sectors that you can choose from. You may already know exactly what career path you want to take, in which case, great! But you may be in the majority that has not yet decided, which is fine since we’re here to help!

When thinking about a career path, it’s worth thinking about your own interests and skills. What areas do you excel in? What are you passionate about? Would you prefer something hands on, or something office/desk based? Always browse Apprenticeships with an open mind, since some of the careers you may have first perceived as ‘boring’ may be perfectly suited for you!

At Paragon Skills, we offer Apprenticeships in the Automotive, Business Administration, Childcare, Customer Service, Boatbuilding & Marine Engineering, Hairdressing, Barbering, Beauty, Health & Social Care, Hospitality & Catering, and Leadership & Management sectors. So as you can see there is a very wide range to choose from!

Choose an employer and Apprenticeship within travelling distance from you

Unfortunately, your choice of Apprenticeship may be restricted by the area that you live in. If you don’t want to move away, you’ll need to take a look at what kind of Apprenticeships are available within the maximum distance you’re prepared to travel, and base your choice around those. If you are under 17 and not yet able to drive, then you will need to rely on public transport or lifts. So consider the costs and time of this, and whether there are suitable transport links to the town or city where the Apprenticeship vacancy you wish to apply for is located.

Searching for an employer/vacancy?
The employer you choose to work for is equally as important as the Apprenticeship. Each employer has a different workspace, from small companies where everybody knows everybody, to huge companies with offices dotted all over the country.

We have a dedicated Apprenticeship vacancies page on this website. Below is a video on how to get to the vacancies page, search for a vacancy and view which ones are nearest to you in the sector of your choice. It also shows how to view the full description of what the Apprenticeship contains and some information about the employer. And most importantly how to apply for the Apprenticeship.

Prepare your CV

Often employers want to see your CV as well as expecting you to complete the application form. We’ve put together this guide - How to prepare and effective CV that you might find useful.  Even though you may not have gained any work experience up until now, there are plenty of other important things you can put on your CV that will give employers a better idea of yourself. For example, you should add whether you were part of any organisations at school, any additional after-school study groups, any sports teams, whether you participated in any types of awards ceremonies or shows at school, and what you enjoy doing in your spare time.

Getting ready for an interview

At this point, you will need to start to prepare yourself for interviews. It is important to present yourself well, both physically and verbally when you meet an employer, and have a good understanding what the job role involves. You should also think about why you want the role/Apprenticeship, as it’s important that the employer know that you are invested in the training.

You can read our full guide – Getting ready for an interview to help you to make the best impression possible.

If you are lucky and well prepared, you may get the first job you go for, but if you don’t, always ask the employer for feedback. This will help you to be more successful the next time.

We are here to help you make the best career choice possible, so feel free to call us on 0800 783 2545, live chat with us, or email: enquiries@pgon.co.uk.

Don’t forget to check our vacancies page for the latest Apprentiship vacancies in your area.