Applying for an Apprenticeship

To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications.

An apprenticeship with BCTG gives you both by combining on the job-specific training with study meaning you can earn while you learn.

BCTG's apprenticeships take between 12 to 18 months to complete, depending on which level you undertake.

If you have no work experience on your CV, or you’d like to get a taster of a particular job or industry, you might like to consider undertaking some relevant work experience first, this will help you experience work life and also contribute to a stronger CV.

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How much can you earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is currently £4.30 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, which is age banded.

However, many employers may pay more than this.

Pay is dependent on your chosen industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example, some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week.

What do employers look for?

"...punctuality, reliability and having a real interest in the job, coupled with a willingness to learn.

Many employers also value any voluntary work experience, especially if it relates to that particular role or sector."

- Claire Bancroft (Apprenticeship Manager – BCTG Skills Centre)

How to apply for one of our apprenticeships

So, you’ve read up on apprenticeships and found a vacancy or two that interest you, but how do you go about applying for an apprenticeship?

Applying with BCTG couldn’t be more straightforward. To start with, each of our vacancies has a reference number next to them.

Simply make a note of the number relevant to the position that interests you then contact us by email concerning the position, quoting the reference number in your initial message along with a copy of your up to date CV, at, alternatively we can be contacted by phone on 0121 796 2160 or via the contact form.

Once we receive this we will contact you for an immediate interview.

After you apply it’s important to be prepared for your interview, by making sure you know all about the company you are applying for and the role you would be undertaking.

Ideally, you should do some research on the company, check the website, familiarise yourself with what it is that they do in case you are asked the question at an interview.

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