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Review of "apprenticeships.org.uk"

published 09/03/2012 | princesschaos
Member since : 29/02/2012
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Pro Huge range of apprenticeship opportunities, simple to search and use, very informative,
Cons Aimed at younger people (school leavers etc), requires logging-in to check successful applications,
very helpful

"Apprenticeships.org.uk has opened up so many opportunities for me! "

The logo for the website

The logo for the website

Trying to decide what to do when I leave school was horrible! Whilst my friends all decided on what universities they wanted to go to, I knew that university wasn't for me! I was completely stuck! I had a part-time job at a supermarket and knew for a fact that I didn't want to be stuck on a checkout for the rest of my life - that was for sure!

So during a meeting with my school they recommended a website called 'apprenticeships.org.uk' which could give me some ideas on what direction I wanted to take my life in.

APPEARANCES
The site is very clear and follows a very smart colour scheme of oranges, browns and reds. It looks smart and professional which makes it feel reliable and trustworthy.

LAYOUT
It is set out very simply. Everything you could want from the site has a clear link across the menu bar at the top of the page underneath the logo as follows;
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employers
  • Parents
  • Types of Apprenticeships
  • Partners
  • Events
  • News & Media
  • About Us
This gives any user a choice of how they want the website to work for them.
Also the home page provides a lot of the current news and bulletins about the company and there aims and achievements.
The way the sites home page is set out makes it super easy to navigate.

There is also an even smaller toolbar at the very top of the page which allows you to change the text size from 'small to medium to large' which makes sure that its easy and clear to use for any person. This also has the 'log in' option which pops out a separate window on your laptop/computer and lets you access your own account. - which is necessary to apply for apprenticeships with.

USES
Searching and applying for an apprenticeship is so easy through this website.
You can search for your own local area which means that only the opportunities nearest to your home location are displayed which can be really helpful. You can also type in a location (e.g. London) to search the apprenticeship opportunities in the chose area. This makes refining searches and thinking in advance about a career opportunity is simple and useful for the long run.
To search for an opportunity you need to input 2 things; a keyword of what type of apprenticeship you are looking for, and a location (either by postcode or general location). I have shown a screenshot of how simple this is below.
There is also a more detailed search system once logged into the website (also shown in a picture below) which allows for a much more detailed input of information. You can search for opportunities depending on weekly wage for example - however I would warn you not to set these parameters too high as it can exclude chances on a lower wage that may provide better bonuses etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS
There are then 2 types of application process.
One of the application processes allows you to read all of the employers requirements, wages, location and job role etc. and then would direct you to their own websites for the actual application process. This is sometimes common for the larger organisations and is an equally as acceptable form of application.
The second kind of application is through this website itself which can be a quicker process if applying for multiple apprenticeships as it allows you to "carry over" your information to fill in the general fields. This makes applying for jobs quicker as you don't have to fill out the same thing for each role.

When you have selected a potential apprenticeship you may like to go for, it will either take you to one of these forms of applications. I can only tell you about the websites own application process as every other type is different according to different businesses.
So the apprenticeship you have chosen requires the form to be filled in through the website itself.
The format is very simple and clear to use HOWEVER I will add, that this may be more suited to students who have finished A-Levels or GCSE's as it asks for recent accomplishments etc.
There is a general information section for your name, date of birth, etc.
There is then a section to insert all the grades you have achieved at school, college or even out of school. (NOTE: You should check the requirements of the role before inserting all your grades into this section as its common for employers to set boundaries (minimum grade C at GCSE etc.).
The next section is made up of a few randomly selected questions like;
  • What are your strengths?
  • What skills would you like to improve?
  • What are your hobbies, interests and achievements?
You may be familiar with these questions from other application processes. (I would recommend providing as many practical examples and plenty of detail to your answers as I have found myself unsuccessful on these reasons before)
The great thing about this website is that for these general questions, it saves your answers for future applications which means that you only need to change a few details each time according to the type of application your making and this makes it less stressful for the user.

The next section is then chosen by the employer themselves. They select 2 questions from a long list which allows them to ask you questions relevant to the role they expect from you. This is really important to get right as they ask these questions for a reason. (E.G What experience do you have with office equipment and computer software?)

MANAGING APPLICATIONS
Once you have made an application there is a very colourful page where you can keep track of the status of the applications you have made. These are as follows;
  1. Successful Applications
  2. In Progress Applications
  3. Sent Applications
  4. Unsent Applications
  5. Withdrawn Applications
  6. Unsuccessful Applications
These are followed with a box underneath which files away your applications accordingly so you can follow your progress.
The downside of this is that you don't get email updates of the changes of status which means that you have to log in and manually check the site to see how your applications are getting on. This is somewhat inconvenient.

ADVICE PROVIDED
The site is very thorough when it comes to providing advice. There are numerous videos to watch on all sorts of subjects which give an insight to the world of apprenticeships and the lack of awareness there is around the subject.
Most people assume that apprenticeships are the option for people not capable of going to university, and only provide chances for construction workers etc. I can assure you this is NOT the case. Apprenticeships provide qualifications from horticulture to business administration and give equally as good end qualifications as universities with the addition of real-life experience and paid work throughout!
It also offers opportunities from small organisations and businesses to large international corporations which can provide a real chance to get into a full time job. And as these are hard enough to find at the moment - working as part of an apprenticeship opens doors and provides valuable experience to the younger candidate.

RECOMMEND?
This site really does provide so many opportunities in one place! Its easy and clear to use and gives real chances for young people across the country to get into employment. It varies from media apprenticeships to obscure talents and chances.
I would recommend this site for undecided people as it gives so many chances for qualifications. It does require setting up a log-in account, which is FREE and quick so wouldn't hurt to set it up and look around if nothing else.

I am currently waiting on tender hooks to hear back from an apprenticeship! So fingers crossed!


Check it out www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Thanks for reading :)

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  • JasonJRogers published 17/03/2012
    Lots of useful info...E!!!
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