How to apply for an Apprenticeship: Step by Step

Published: 22nd November 2021

Do your research

Start by researching different industries and find one that interests you. Think about what you enjoy, your current skills, and what challenges you. What are your favourite hobbies or activities? What do you never get tired of talking or learning about? At The Sheffield College, we offer Apprenticeships in 14 different sectors all the way from Animal Care to Engineering, giving you plenty of options to find a career that’s best for you. Take a look at the Apprenticeships we offer here.

Search for a vacancy

Now you’ve found a sector that you are interested in, you can search for a position via our Apprenticeship vacancies page.

This page lists all the current Apprenticeship vacancies we have, and those which you can apply for online. Make sure to take a note of the start date, entry requirements and location. This page is updated on a weekly basis, so remember to keep checking back for any new jobs that might have been posted.

Can’t find a vacancy that interests you? Don’t worry! Our team are on hand to help you to find an Apprenticeship vacancy and will support you through the recruitment process. You can contact them via


Applying for an Apprenticeship is the same as applying for any other paid job.

To apply for a vacancy, you will need to complete the application form on the vacancy page. Make sure that you have key information from your CV to hand so that you can input it into the application and always check the start date of the vacancy as Apprenticeships can start at any time during the year.

It’s important to tailor your application to the vacancy by taking the person specification and the training provided into consideration. Tell us why this Apprenticeship interests you and what made you apply for this particular vacancy. What work experience do you have? What were your responsibilities in previous roles?

We’ll invite you for a skills check

Once you have completed your application and we have checked that you meet the entry requirements, we will invite you in for a skills scan and an English and maths assessment. This will make sure you are suitable for the role before sending your application to the employer.

Preparing for interviews

Congratulations if you’ve made it through to interview stage! You may only be one stage away from gaining employment so it’s understandable if you’re a bit nervous. Don’t worry, though - our Apprentice Recruitment Team will help you to prepare for your interview, including helping you with practice questions, giving you tips and hosting mock interviews.


If you are successful, well done! We will help set up your contract with the employer and support you as you settle in. If you’re not successful on your first attempt, try not to be hard on yourself as vacancies are very competitive. Our team will provide feedback on your interview and help you to build on this and improve, so you’re ready to prepare for the next one.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with our Apprenticeships team at: or 0114 260 2600.

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