How to choose an apprenticeship

November 10, 2014 Stephen Smyth - No Comments

If you’ve already decided that university isn’t for you and you’d like to do an apprenticeship, what do you do next? How do you choose what apprenticeship to do? There are lots of factors to consider.

What level of apprenticeship?

There are different levels of apprenticeships available – for an overview of what these are and what they mean, take a look at our previous article, Apprenticeship Levels explained.

What industry?

The biggest decision to make is which industry area you want to go into. You might already have a good idea of what it is you want to do, but not the exact job role that you might be best suited to. Or you might not be sure which industry area you quite want to go in to. For some more information on types on apprenticeships and the roles and responsibilities they may involve, take a look at our ‘Focus On’ article series.


A big part of your decision might be based on where you live. Your location and the transport options available to you will be important because there will be no point in applying for apprenticeship jobs that you wouldn’t be able to get to. ATG Apprenticeships offer apprenticeships and training throughout Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Which type of employer?

Apprenticeships are available with a whole range of employers of different sizes and types. When looking at apprenticeships, you might want to consider whether you would prefer working for a larger company or a smaller one. At larger companies you are likely to be one of several apprentices working in a busy environment. At a smaller company, you might be the only apprentice, or one of a few, and be working in a more intimate environment where everyone in the company knows everyone else. Sometimes the pay with larger employers is a bit more and there may be clearer career progression paths, but there will be a lot more competition for roles.

There’s a lot to consider, but with a bit of research, you will discover the best options for you and you will soon be browsing and applying for apprenticeship vacancies! For other sources of information on apprenticeships, take a look at our previous article, Where to find guidance on Apprenticeships.