We aim to make your search for an apprenticeship as smooth as possible.  However, the first thing to say is that we can’t provide a solution for everyone!!

 

If you want to see a full list of apprenticeships being advertised nationally, you need to look at the government’s dedicated apprenticeship website here.  When you are there you can select the geographic area you’re looking in and the subject you’re interested in and the site will give you a full list of all vacancies that match your search.

 

We usually have 40-50 vacancies being advertised across our geographic catchment area.  This includes Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and parts of: Dorset, Surrey, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.

 

However, rather than wait for a vacancy to appear that matches your search, we strongly advise you to get in touch straight away.  This enables us to:

  • get to know you better and understand the sort of position you’re looking for and that would suit you
  • send you information about vacancies that haven’t yet been advertised
  • promote you to employers we think would like you even if they’re not actively seeking to recruit

You can do this by:

 

The recruitment and enrolment process

We have a clear and straightforward process for candidates applying for an apprenticeship.  It goes like this:

  1. you apply for a vacancy or contact us using one of the methods outlined above
  2. we reply and arrange a time to complete an informal telephone interview
  3. we do the interview and find out more about you as well as the kind of role you’re looking for
  4. we send you information about vacancies we think might be of interest
  5. you confirm which ones you’d like to be put forward for
  6. we send your CV and a ‘candidate profile’ to the employer(s)
  7. they confirm they’d like to interview you (or not) and provide interview dates/times
  8. We inform you about your interview and help you prepare for it
  9. you attend the interview
  10. the employer makes a decision to employ you or not (quite often employers invite candidates for a second interview or a work trial before making a decision)
  11. if the answer is ‘yes’ we confirm the start date with the employer and let you know you’ve been offered the role
  12. you tell us if you wish to accept it or not
  13. if yes – you start work!

 

When you start your employment, your employer is responsible for providing you with:

  • a contract of employment and a job description (sometimes this can take a week or two)
  • a Line Manager/Mentor who will support you throughout your apprenticeship
  • an induction training programme to help you find your feet.  This will usually be undertaken by your Line Manager/Mentor and should include important policies and procedures such as health & safety, absence reporting, your employment hours and your duties

 

Within a day or two of starting work you will be contacted by Boom to complete your enrolment paperwork.  This is usually done by phone and email.

 

Within a couple of weeks of starting employment, you will be contacted by your tutor who will arrange his/her first visit.  This first visit will be for familiarisation but your tutor will also explain more about how your training will work and will start to work with you and your employer on developing your Individual Learning Plan.  You can read more about this here.