Apprenticeships – How to Apply

Currently in School or College?
Not in Education?

Currently in School or College

Aged between 15-18 years and in full-time education?

You can apply for an apprenticeship through our online application system. The process has changed slightly this year and to ensure you are keeping your options open we require you to apply via a full-time course and then select your interest in an apprenticeship:

You can make a ‘joint’ application for a full-time course and an apprenticeship. Your apprenticeship application can be in the same subject area as your full-time application or in a completely different area.

To make a joint application you will need to follow the steps below

How to apply:

  1. To start the process you will need to select a full-time course, you can do this by using the course finder button located further down the page
  2. Once you are on the web page of your chosen course, click the ‘Apply Online’ button for the campus that you would like to study at.
  3. You will be taken to our online application login page and you will need to set up an account. Click ‘create an account’ to begin the application process.
  4. Important – as you complete the application form you will be asked two questions related to applying for an apprenticeship;
    1. Would you also like to make an apprenticeship application?
    2. Have you already secured an employer to support you with your apprenticeship? (Don’t worry if you haven’t we will send you guidance to help you find an employer)

We will only contact you if you have selected ‘Yes’ to making an apprenticeship application. If you unsure or would like more information we would recommend you select ‘Yes’ and we will contact you.

  1. Once you submit your application we will contact you within 2 working days to request more information, this will include details of your employer if you have secured one and which apprenticeship you are interested in.

Please note: If you have an employer your apprenticeship application will take priority and your full-time application will still be processed but be a back-up (to secure an offer on the full-time course you will need to attend the mandatory interview). If you have not yet secured an employer your full-time application will take priority, we will send you guidance on how to find an employer.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our Apprentice Recruitment team call: 01206 712043 email:

Not in Education?

Looking for a new career, job or maybe a qualification to take your current role to the next level?

Apply for an apprenticeship! Previously apprenticeships were primarily aimed towards 16-18 year olds but government reforms introduced in March 2017 mean that there is no longer an upper age limit for commencing an apprenticeship, even if you already possess a degree or higher level qualification (all applicants must be eligible for funding).

How to apply

Option 1 – We support you to find an apprenticeship

All you have to do is complete and submit our Talent Pool application form, attend a pre-screening assessment/interview and be available when contacted. We will then send your details along with your profile to employers looking for an apprentice, inform you if you are selected and send your guidance to prepare you for interview.

Complete our Talent Pool Application Form

If you are unemployed you can also apply for an apprenticeship. If you feel you need to develop your skills in Maths and English, or would like to speak to a careers/employability advisor, please contact our Adult Learning Shops.

Option 2 – You apply for an advertised Apprenticeship Vacancy

Visit our Apprenticeship Vacancies page, which is updated weekly with all of our latest vacancies. Select the subject tab of the apprenticeship area you want to study and then click on the vacancy title. This will direct you through to the apprenticeship section of the government website where you can view the full job description and then ‘sign in to apply’. Your submitted application will then be sent to us directly.

Using the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ website

Visit ‘Find an Apprenticeship‘ on the website where you can search by job role, occupation type and location.

Download support guidance for the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ service

Option 3 – You find/have an employer to support you with an Apprenticeship

There is another way to become an apprentice through Colchester Institute and we’re here to assist you every step of the way. In order to enrol onto an apprenticeship scheme you must find an employer willing to appoint you as an apprentice in your chosen field.

Contact us and we will guide you and your employer through the process. We will ensure you are applying for the correct apprenticeship to support your development and your employer’s business needs.

Currently working but want to change to an apprenticeship?

If you are working full-time or part-time, you may want to speak with your current manager and see if they have any opportunities for apprenticeships available, or if they would like to consider developing your skills through an apprenticeship.

Contacting employers direct

You might also wish to take some time to compose a covering letter and create a CV to send to companies in your local area (except those advertising apprenticeship vacancies on the website – these have to be applied for via the ‘Find an Apprentice’ service).

Download our ‘How to Find an Apprenticeship’ guide

If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our Apprentice Recruitment team call: 01206 712043 email: