Apprenticeships – How to Apply

There are two main ways to become an Apprentice. You can either find a job and become an Apprentice through your company/employer, or you can apply for a course online and we’ll help you find an Apprenticeship.

For both, you’ll have to fill in an application form. If you’d like to fill in a paper application form, you can request one by calling us on 01252 407299.

Many of our apprenticeship programmes fill quickly, so please make sure you apply as soon as possible.

  • If you already have an employer:

Complete an application form or email business@farn-ct.ac.uk – make sure you include details of your job and employer.

We will then invite you to an interview and assessment at the College, before visiting your employer to complete a health and safety and employment check.

Your apprenticeship will not be confirmed until: we have carried out employment checks; you have had a formal interview at the College; have successfully completed all assessments; and have met the entry criteria for your apprenticeship.

Remember: To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you need to be in full-time employment.

  • If you do not have an employer:

Search through our courses, and then apply online. Once we’ve processed your application we will invite you to an interview and assessment session. We’ll also give you some advice on how to secure a placement in your chosen Apprenticeship area.

Visit the Apprenticeship Vacancies website where employers advertise their vacancies for apprentices. If you find a vacancy you like, you can apply to it directly.

Top tips for finding an Apprenticeship:

Speak to family and friends. They may have a contact who works in your area of interest and who may consider employing an apprentice.

Visit your local Youth Support Services Advisor (formerly known as Connexions), they can advise you with your job search, help you build your CV and offer interview skills advice.

Look at local newspapers. Local employers advertise their services as well as jobs. Consider approaching them before they advertise positions.

Consider work experience, part-time work, temporary jobs and volunteering. These can turn into full-time positions if you’re a good worker and a job becomes available.