After your Apprenticeship
If your Apprenticeship is coming to an end and you're wondering what to do, you'll find some options here to help you consider your next steps.
Remain with your current employer
Towards the end of your Apprenticeship, it's a good idea to first have a discussion with your manager around their plans for you. You will then have plenty of time to consider all your options and discuss these with your assessor, who can help you make the best decision.
In many cases, employers offer their apprentices permanent positions within the company on completion of their Apprenticeship, but this is not guaranteed. If your employer does offer you a position, they may also offer you a salary increase due to your performance, increased skills and knowledge over the course of your Apprenticeship.
It is very useful to know the average salary of someone with your experience in your job role in your area so you can assure you are getting a fair salary. You can find this information here:
Some companies may also offer benefits such a pension scheme and health insurance policy, which are important to take into consideration along with the offered salary and progression prospects when making your decision whether to accept the position or not.
There are many benefits of staying in the company you are currently employed in. A key benefit is,if a future employer notices , on your CV, that you been employed with one employer for a significant period of time, they may view you as loyal and may be more inclined to invest in developing you.
*If your current wage is below the national minimum wage, your employer will be required to pay you at least the national minimum wage if they choose to offer a position unless they are offering you another Apprenticeship.
Look for another Apprenticeship
If you decide you would like to find another Apprenticeship, perhaps at the level above, you could contact your current training provider or college, who may be able to help you find a local vacancy.
You could also search and apply for vacancies yourself through the links on our next steps page. Another option is directly contacting an employer who already has an Apprenticeship development programme.
Move on to higher education
If you’re considering moving on to higher education, your assessor is a good point of contact and may be able to recommend courses that would best suit your qualifications and help you through your UCAS application.
If you successfully pass your Apprenticeship, the qualifications you gain are worth UCAS points (you can find out more about UCAS points here). You can find out exactly how many UCAS points your qualification is worth on the UCAS tariff tables. It is also useful to know that universities, as well as your UCAS points, also consider your experience when deciding whether to offer you a place in their university.
Look for a role in another company
There are numerous ways to find jobs. Internet job search sites such as the government site, www.gov.uk/jobsearch are a good place to start and will give you an idea of what’s out there.
You may also choose to join a recruitment agency. A recruitment agency will search for suitable vacancies and forward your CV, with your consent, on to employers looking for new staff.
Another option is applying or enquiring about unadvertised positions directly to an employer.
Before you start applying for different vacancies, you should first create a CV. A CV is your opportunity to promote yourself to an employer, so it is essential you get it right. CV's can be tricky to write, and interviews require some basic preparation that you may overlook if you are focusing your energy on getting through the questions, so we have created some CV and interview top tips to help you secure that dream role.
Follow these and your CV should be successful in enticing the employer to arrange an interview with you, and you will feel more confident about handling the interview.