Apprenticeships – How to Apply

I am 15 - 18 years old
I am aged 19 and above

Currently in School or College

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

If you are interested in an Apprenticeship but do not yet have a contract of employment from an employer, we strongly advise you to apply for a full-time programme as well so you have a back-up. We will process both your full-time application and apprenticeship application until you inform us that you have secured an employer and have an Apprenticeship contract in place, at which point your apprenticeship application will take priority.

If you have an employer with an Apprenticeship contract of employment in place then you can also apply through our online application system as well. Again, we strongly advise that you apply for a full-time programme as well so you that you have a back-up.

  • Please use an email address which you will check regularly. Do not use a school email address.
  • Make a note of your username and password – you will need these later on in the application process.
  • Make sure you have your predicted GCSE Grades (or actual grades if you have already achieved them!) handy as you will need to add these to your application form.
  • If you want to apply for a different course, please don’t apply again, just call us on 01206 712777 and we will change your application for you

Let’s get started!

You can apply for a full-time course and an apprenticeship through our online application system at the same time, there is no need to make a separate application. 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

  1. To start the process you will need to select an apprenticeship using the course finder buttons located further down the page.
  2. Once you are on the web page of your chosen apprenticeship, click the ‘Apply Online’ button that applies to your current status.
  3. You will then be taken to the next stage of the process where you can select a full-time course as a back-up. Once you have selected a full-time course click ‘Continue Application‘.
  4. 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.

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: