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How to find an apprenticeship that suits you

22 Nov
You’ve decided that you want to do an apprenticeship. But which one is the right one for you?

Being an apprentice can have lots of benefits, especially if you want to train for your dream job in a real-life workplace. You’ll even be paid for it! Done right, it can be a great first step on the ladder that will eventually see you become a qualified professional. 

Apprenticeships are also becoming an increasingly popular option for young people: in fact, 25% of people under 19, and 29% of 19-24 year olds are currently doing one. But choosing where to start your search, and what you want to be, is a little bit harder.

How can you find an apprenticeship that suits you? Here are our tips for getting it right.  

What level should you choose?

The first thing you need to decide is what level of apprenticeship you want to do. For people who are just starting out in the world of work, then you might want to look at the intermediate apprenticeship, which will give you qualifications that are equivalent to GCSEs, after which you can then work your way up the ladder.

However, this doesn’t have to be your first option: if you have five GCSEs at grades 4-9, then you could also consider looking at the Advanced courses, which will train you and give you an A-level equivalent education. In the same way, a Higher course will result in a ‘degree apprenticeship’, which will give you a qualification equivalent to a university degree and is therefore suitable for people who have left higher education. Whatever your skillset, you can find a level that works for you.

What type of apprenticeship should you choose?

From the world of construction to becoming an accountant, apprenticeships today are hugely varied, and you’re sure to find something that suits your interests. Look at your own skillset and think about where you might see yourself in a few years’ time. What industry do you think you might be suited to? If you’re more creative, then why not find an apprenticeship in design or marketing? 

Alternatively, if you’re more enthusiastic about using your hands at getting stuck into projects, why not train as a mechanic, a builder or even a Design-related subject like Aerospace Manufacturing? The variety of options at hand might surprise you, and with courses available in IT, sports, music, engineering and even metalworking, you’re sure to find something that suits you. All you have to do is research. 

Who should you work for?

The type of company that you decide to apply to can have a huge effect on your apprenticeship experience, so do your research on what you want to get out of your time there before you start looking for opportunities. Choose a company with a work environment that you would enjoy: for instance, do you enjoy high-pressure situations, or would you prefer to work in a friendly, team-driven and more relaxed atmosphere? Will the course involve college attendance, and if so, where and how often? Or will you be learning via virtual learning methods and webinars, whilst in an office?

You should also think about the size of the scheme you want to join. Big companies, after all, will likely hire more than one apprentice, so you’ll be part of a bigger team, whilst smaller ones will give you more one-on-one training time and attention. The more you know, the more certain you can be to find a scheme that suits you perfectly. 

Where should you look?

Finding the best apprenticeships in the market can often be a case of painstaking research, but there are a few pointers that will serve you well when it comes to securing the best opportunities. Take a look at websites such as or to browse the latest apprenticeships for a range of different industries; the government’s own website is also a great starting point for evaluating your options and getting careers advice and more. 

If you want some more inspiration on finding an apprenticeship within the Financial Services/ Technology industry that will really help you to thrive, why not take a closer look at DST’s own website?

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Take control of your future with an apprenticeship at DST. Take a look at the Early Careers that we offer here, or why not browse our blog for more inspiring information about becoming an apprentice
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