As part of National Apprenticeship Week, we wanted to inform parents and carers how they can support their child in finding the right apprenticeship to build their future.
Step 1. Think About The Future
We understand that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the plans and hopes of many individuals. However, it can still be valuable and motivating to sit down with your child and think about what they want to do in the future. Which subjects do they enjoy? What are their interests and career goals? This will help them have a clearer idea of what job role and apprenticeship or traineeship they may wish to look for.
Step 2. Encourage Them To Persevere
Following the impact of the pandemic, there were fewer vacancies available last year than usual. However, this has started to pick up in 2021 with more employers recruiting, so it is important to encourage your child to keep trying, even if they are not successful in finding the right role for them straight away. Remember that traineeships provide an important stepping stone into an apprenticeship and so it is really valuable to take your time to understand how they work, and what the opportunities could be.
Step 3. Help Them To Stay Connected
Help your child to think about the different ways in which they can find jobs. They will need to use technology to sign up to vacancy alerts and follow companies on social media.
Please visit our vacancy page https://bit.ly/Avant-Vacancies to also be inspired by some of the companies offering apprenticeships.
Step 4. Register
Register on Find an apprenticeship or Find a traineeship to browse all the latest vacancy opportunities.
To start an apprenticeship search, visit: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.
To start a Traineeship search, visit: www.gov.uk/find-traineeship
Step 5. Create Your Own Calendar
Allocate time to search for the right opportunity for your child. Set aside time for application/interview prep, as well as time to attend virtual employers and careers days. This will help your child stay on top of their application and set them on the path for success. One of the biggest issues we see is poorly completed application forms that have not been tailored to the vacancy.
Step 6. Look For Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
Work experience is a great way to gain valuable experience and although many employers have stopped offering opportunities for individuals to visit their workplaces at the moment - we are seeing a huge increase in virtual work experience. Virtual work experience is completed online and there are many fun and creative ways that employers have developed to help to introduce your child to their organisation.
Work experience is especially ideal if your child is unsure of what career route/job role they may like to pursue in the future and is also a great opportunity to enrich their CV. As soon as we can, we will be offering work experience again as part of our Traineeship programme.
Step 7. Do Some Extra Research
There are lots of websites that have been designed to help you find out about apprenticeships. Spend time on www.amazingapprenticeships.com and www.apprenticeships.gov.uk to help you to understand the recruitment processes of some of the biggest employers in the world, including information on online recruitment.
Employers can now clain up to £5000 for taking a Traineeship and Apprentice from April until September 2021
Seven Hints and tips to help your child find an apprenticeship or a traineeship in Grimsby, Hull and Scunthorpe
The process of hiring a new apprentice does not end when the offer is accepted. A key part of inducting a new apprentice is training.