How to apply for an apprenticeship
If you are interested in undertaking an apprenticeship with BMet. Please choose one of the options below for more information on how to apply:
I am aged 16+, ready to start an apprenticeship now but still looking for employment
- Please view and apply for any of our Current Vacancies
- Find your own employer
If you are successful in finding an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice, get in touch with us and we can help to guide both you and your employer through the next steps! Call us on 0121 362 2101 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am 16+, looking to start an apprenticeship and already have an employer
Please contact us on 0121 362 2101 or email us at email@example.com so we can take down your details and speak to your employer about the next steps.
How to find the right employer
Ask around – many candidates successfully secure an apprenticeship through their family and friends network. There may be a friend of a friend or family member who works in a business that interests you, and if so get in touch with them and chat about apprenticeship options.
Look local – spend some time looking at and researching businesses who are local to you. Approach them directly and/or ask for the best person to communicate with via phone or email. You can send them a copy of your CV and cover letter which can explain why you would be a great fit for their business. This shows initiative as well as a go-getting attitude to work.
Keep an eye out for opportunities – You may overhear someone referring to staffing whilst you go about your everyday life, so seize the opportunity and be bold, introduce yourself and see where it takes you.
How to get the conversation started?
Try discussing the following advantages of taking on an apprentice:
- Funding – some apprenticeships programmes are government funded enabling employers to develop their workforce without investing large amounts in training. They could also be eligible for additional grants, to support them in any extra costs they may incur by employing you.
- Hiring an apprentice is often a significantly lower expenditure for the employer than employing a full-time adult. Please see the National Apprenticeship wages here
- Developing and investing in their workforce – apprentices not only contribute to the day-to-day running of the business, but also learn whilst at college, bringing new and up-to-date information back into the workplace.
- Supporting their local community by employing local talent.
Things that employers must consider
- The employer must meet the minimum wage for your age
- The employer must be willing to commit to the full duration of the apprenticeship (e.g. 13 months, 18 months or 24 months – depending on the type of apprenticeship undertaken)
- The employer must continually support/supervise apprentices in the workplace, during the entire duration of the apprenticeship
- The employer must ensure the role meets the requirements of the apprenticeship aims
- The employer must ensure you are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week (includes time at college).