Become an Apprentice
Taking the first step of your career can be daunting, but we’re here to support you with every part of the process. We’ve helped thousands of Apprentices choose the right Apprenticeship for them, matched them with the perfect employer and provided useful training on interview techniques and building a CV. Our support doesn’t stop there though; we’re always on hand for any help and advice you might need throughout your time at Darley.
Why You Should do an Apprenticeship:
- You’ll get a wage from the start. You’ll be earning money whilst learning the skills you need in your chosen industry
- You’ll gain recognised and respected industry qualifications. These will be essential to your career progression and you can use them to access further education and development opportunities
- Skills for the job market. You’ll learn skills specific to your industry, allowing you to practice and apply them straight away
- You’ll have access to valuable work experience. We’ve got established connections with respected employers who value the contribution you can make to their business
- You’ll have limitless opportunities. An Apprenticeship is a career path and you can choose what you do next. Often our Employers are open to the benefits an Apprentice can bring to their business and they have the opportunity to make the job their own as they progress
- You’ll have enhanced personal earnings. As you start earning straight away, you can build on your salary with increased responsibilities as your skills develop. Once you’ve completed your Apprenticeship, you’ll be in a position to apply for promotion opportunities and other roles within the business
What Qualifications are Required?
Apprenticeships are hard work, but a great way to get into the industry t
hat interests you the most. It’s important you think carefully about what Apprenticeship would suit you the most, as employers will
be looking for your enthusiasm in the workplace and your desire to learn the skills required. You’ll be starting a career, so make sure it’s an industry you can see yourself in long term.
To apply you’ll need to show:
- Research into the industry and reasons why you’re the right person for the job
- An understanding of your responsibilities as an Apprentice and how much work will be involved
- Ability to work as part of a team as well as on your own
- Desire to learn and prepare for further study if necessary
For Intermediate Apprenticeships:
Four GCSEs at grade D or above including Maths and English (and Science for technical apprenticeships).
For Advanced Apprenticeships:
Four GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English (and Science for technical apprenticeships).
If you do not meet the exact entry requirements above, you may still be considered.
As part of the interview process, you will undertake a ForSkills functional skills test and a short written assessment.
If you’ve decided you want to complete an Apprenticeship but you haven’t got the necessary qualifications or skills yet, then a Traineeship might be more suitable to you right now.