How 360 Apprenticeships can help

360 Apprenticeships are one of the fastest growing apprenticeship recruitment agencies in Greater Manchester and England. We have apprenticeships available from Preston to Bristol, Newcastle to Greater London and many other locations across England. We pride ourselves in pairing the perfect apprentice with the right employer, so you know you are in good hands.

When it comes to discussing apprenticeship positions, we actively look at roles based in your area and create journey planners. We look at journey’s of 1 hour or less; whether that be via public transport or car and take into account traffic or travel issues. We keep journeys to a maximum of 1 hour for a number of reasons which include:

  • Cost – Apprenticeship wages can start from £4.30, so anything too far will increase the cost of travel
  • Distance – If you can drive distance isn’t as much of an issue, but public transport can be a much longer journey depending on their routes.
  • Time – Travel can take up to 2 hours out of your day for work, so anything over that will mean that you have less time for any out of work activities

We don’t just create journey planners; our aim is to find you the perfect apprenticeship, so no matter where you live we will do everything we can to find you the best. We can even send your CV to potential employers and get you in the door before anyone else!

Choosing the right apprenticeship

The range of apprenticeships now available is higher than ever before. Currently, there are just under 600 apprenticeship standards within the UK, and it continues to rise. With so much choice, it’s easy to go for the first apprenticeship that takes interest; but you need to ensure that your skills and knowledge match the sector. 360 Apprenticeships can help you find the right standards that not just suit your interests, but also your skills within the right sector. You can find the apprenticeship standards that we specialise in here.

Choosing the right Level

There are 6 levels to the apprenticeships scheme, and choosing the right place to start is important. The levels that are available for apprenticeships are:

  • 2 – GCSE equivalent – best for anyone who is 16 or didn’t complete GCSEs
  • 3 – A-level equivalent – suitable for anyone who has GCSEs and over the age of 16
  • 4 & 5 – Foundation degree equivalent – Some apprentices can progress to level 4 after college, but many will need experience within a business setting. Also a good level to up-skill current employees
  • 6 & 7 – Degree equivalent – Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. You must also meet the academic entry requirements of the course
  • 7 – Masters equivalent – The highest level you can achieve in an apprenticeship.

We specialise in Level 3 and can also offer Level 4 apprenticeship qualifications. Level 3 qualifications are a great place to start if you are looking for a change in career or to kick start your dream field.

How to find ‘Apprenticeships near me’

The first thing that that many search for when looking for positions is ‘Apprenticeships near me’ into a search engine. It’s the first thing everyone does whenever searching for either a location or jobs in the area. 

However, the search for a perfect apprenticeship comes down to you and not just the internet. As you apply or search for apprenticeships, take these steps in to consideration:

Search locations and transport

We advise to keep distances under 10 miles for public transport and 15 miles for driving. Yet this depends on your location, as some areas have better public transport than others. Understanding how far you are willing to commute will help to narrow down the roles you can search for. If you are moving to a new location, wait on applying for positions until you have moved. If you find an apprenticeship you are interested in, do a journey planner to see how far the commute will be.

Look at costs

Look at the wage on the apprenticeship advert and start to add up the costs. Will it be viable on a weekly/monthly basis? Are there any government/council travel cards to help with travel costs?

Double check the location

It can be easy to just apply for as many roles as possible and hope someone contacts you. But you must be careful! Check where the role will be based. If you live in London and apply for an apprenticeship in Newcastle Upon Tyne, you will be automatically rejected. Most employer look for someone who can start as soon as possible, plus many apprenticeships will not be financially viable for a relocation.

What do 360 Apprenticeships offer?

We have a continuous stream of fantastic roles and opportunities across England, from big corporations to independent businesses. We will discuss each role in your area and field to find the right fit for you. 360 Apprenticeships offer one to one mentoring and job support to assist you in finding your ideal apprenticeship. We will work with you personally to increase your potential of being employed in a sector of your choice.

If you struggle with interviews (whether it is your first or have attended too many to count), we can give you advice and guidance on how to improve your interview skills. This can be from going over practice questions to detailed feedback and blogs with advice and guidance.

Everyone at 360 Apprenticeships wants to see every candidate succeed via the apprenticeship scheme. So if you feel that the Apprenticeship is the right route for you, get in touch!