How to find an employer for your Apprenticeship

Published: 5th February 2021

We know applying for an Apprenticeship may seem daunting, so we’ve broken it down in a few simple steps.

If you’ve decided that an Apprenticeship is the route for you, your next step will be finding an employer to take you on as their Apprentice. Seeing as you’ll be spending 30-40 hours a week with your employer, it’s important that you take the time to find a good fit!

You might choose to apply directly for one of our Apprenticeship vacancies that are being advertised by local companies, but if you can’t find a position that sparks your interest you can also always approach an employer yourself.

Here are our top tips for finding yourself an employer:



If you’re planning to approach employers directly, you’ll need a CV to leave with them – something that shows them exactly why they should hire you. Make sure to include your name and contact information, any experience of work (volunteering counts too!), your top skills and any relevant achievements.

If you’re struggling, you can always speak to our Careers Advice Team for help getting your CV in shape!



Now that you’ve brushed up your CV, it’s time to hand it out! Once you have researched some local employers in the industry you’d like to work in, get in touch with them via a phone call or drop them an email to introduce yourself. Ask them if they would be interested in an Apprentice and make sure you send them a copy of your CV!



Before applying for an Apprenticeship, we recommend gaining experience in the industry that you’re interested in and asking the employer if they would consider an Apprentice once it finishes. Work experience is extremely valuable and is something that is desirable when employers come to employ an apprentice.

If not, you have massively enhanced your CV for when you next apply to a vacancy or employer.



If an employer informs you that they would like to take you on as an Apprentice, congratulations! In this instance, you will need to take their contact details and send them on to our Apprentice Recruitment Team. The team will then arrange for a vacancy to be created for that employer which you will then be able to take.

To find out more about Apprenticeships at The Sheffield College, please visit or email

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