Andrew Steel,

IT, Website & Marketing Manager

20th February 2023

It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience.  Therefore it’s an important decision to find the course that’s right for you and where you see yourself going.


If you are looking to find the best Apprenticeship for your next step, we have made a quick guide to make sure you find and secure the right opportunity.



What Do You Want to Do?


Before looking for an Apprenticeship you need to decide what you want to do. Deciding which industry appeals to you most and what role you wish to take in it.


This can be hard to pinpoint but have a think about subjects you enjoyed at school or hobbies that could be turned into a career. If you have an idea of what you want to do and want to get hands-on experience in that field, you could choose to find some work experience or look at completing a short course that will give you a taste of the industry.


For Example Kiwi offers several marketing  and business apprenticeships in various locations across the country such as:



See further Apprenticeships here : Apprenticeships – Kiwi Education





If an apprenticeship is something that interests you, first you must ensure you reach the eligible criteria as it is very important.


  • You must be over the age of 16 or a school leaver

To start an apprenticeship, you must be 16 years old and a school leaver. Instead of going to college you can do an apprenticeship allowing you to get the same level of education but your workplace experience and get paid. If you are at school, you can apply for an Apprenticeship, but you are only able start if you are 16 and over by the end of the summer holidays.


  • You must have been living in England for over 3 years

To be eligible for an Apprenticeship you must have lived in England for the past consecutive 3 years.


  • You can’t be in full-time education

An Apprenticeship is a full-time job and education in one, so it isn’t possible to be in full-time education at the same time. If you are currently studying at College/University and you want to start an apprenticeship, we would recommend finishing your course then coming back to us if you are still interested in finding out more.


  • No education crossover

Crossover is when the apprenticeship you would like to do is similar to previous education that you’ve completed at a higher level. For example, if you have completed a digital marketing degree and want to start a Digital Marketing apprenticeship. Another example is if you have studied Graphic Design at University and you want to do a Junior Content Production apprenticeship. As you will be learning the same subjects at a lower level, the government won’t fund you.




Apprenticeships Available


After you’ve decided what you want to do, it’s time to look for opportunities and apply. Before choosing what opportunities to apply for make sure you thoroughly think about it as it’s a very important decision.


Kiwi Education offers a wide range of apprenticeships between Level 2 and Level 7 which you can browse yourself here.



Additional Considerations when applying


Location – When looking at prospective apprenticeships, make sure you look for those that you are able to commute to. Apprenticeships are offered across the country so it is ideal that you find one that is both available and accessible to you. You will find that most apprenticeships require face to face meetings therefore you should count on the fact that travelling to the employer is required.


Company – Every company has a different work environment and it’s incredibly important that you fit into that environment. Researching the company is the best way to get a sense of what the company is like. You can do this by looking at their social media accounts, website and the apprenticeship description might hint at the company environment.


Role & Responsibility – The roles and responsibilities you take in an apprenticeship can vary so you must carefully assess if the opportunity is right for you. For example, if you do well independently and working in a small team, it would be best not to apply for apprenticeships where you will be part of a big team.



Your Future


An important factor that people overlook is their plans for the future. Most people who don’t have future plans will often take a job without thinking about where it will lead. It’s fine to be unsure because nobody knows what they will want to do in the future but it’s worth thinking about where this opportunity will lead. Consider apprenticeships as steeping stones to the career you wish to do in the future.



Get Advice


It is wise to speak to friends and family about doing an apprenticeship before making a decision as they can offer great guidance in making the right decision for you. We can also provide further insight if need be.

Get in touch today, we would love to hear from you!



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