About - Apprenticeships Advice Service
The Apprenticeships Advice Service is for young people aged 14-24 from Westminster who are interested in apprenticeships and vocational careers.
An apprenticeship means the young person is employed, combining their job with industry specific training. Apprenticeships are available in over 180 different job roles, which match training programmes to the labour market needs of different industry sectors.
Apprenticeships can be difficult to find and competitive to get into. Our Advisers support their young clients to find, apply for and secure an apprenticeship. Whatever their interest or background, Advisers help prospective apprentices to develop an action plan to kickstart their career.
Applying for an apprenticeship is like applying for a job and for many young people, this can be daunting. Our Advisers support their clients by helping them to prepare a CV, a covering letter and then to go through the interview process.
Employers expect at least some experience in the workplace from a prospective apprentice and some of the Apprenticeships Advice Service’s clients are not yet ‘apprenticeship-ready’. Some employers also have entry requirements and potential apprentices usually need to be qualified at NVQ Level 1 or above, as they will be training towards an NVQ Level 2, which is equivalent to five GCSEs at A-C grades.
Those who do not yet meet employers’ requirements can get help from our Advisers to become ‘apprenticeship-ready’. This can involve further training or gaining industry specific qualifications. Advisers also help potential apprentices to enhance their experience through work placements or volunteering.