Apprenticeships - How do I apply?
In order to become an apprentice you need a job. Don't worry - SETA can help with that! We speak to over 200 local companies - small, large and international - who regularly recruit and train apprentices in engineering.
In response to the needs of our employers, SETA have minimum requirements that all applicants are expected to meet.
You must have achieved - or be predicted to achieve - GCSE grades 4/C or above for English language, maths and a science subject and have at least two other grade 4/C GCSEs, or equivalent qualifications. Under the new grading structure for English and Maths, a minimum of a grade 4 is usually required. However, this would depend on the specific requirements of individual employer.
Take a look at apprenticeships current vacancies section of our website to show you which apprenticeships SETA is recruiting for on behalf of employers. The interactive map on that page will show you where the apprenticeship is located. SETA is conducting the recruitment process on behalf of these companies.
By clicking the link for each advert this will take you through to the national Find An Apprenticeship Website which will show the exact requirements for each role and details about the employer and the job, as remember each apprenticeship is an actual job with a company. You will need to follow the instructions on how to create an account and to apply for each apprenticeship.
Some companies do their own recruitment, but all apprenticeships will be advertised on the national Find An Apprenticeship Website, so there may be other opportunities that you would like to apply for. There are about 28,000 apprenticeships of all disciplines advertised annually through the government website - so there's a lot to choose from!
What will happen once I have applied?
All applications are considered by the employer that is looking to recruit an apprentice. They will go through a shortlisting process initially to make sure that candidates applying have got the minimum grades required for the role.
They will then start to look at all the other details that have been put on the application, so remember to put down as much information that is relevant to the job, including any hobbies or work experience.
If you are lucky enough to be shortlisted you will be contacted and invited to have an interview. This will be carried out with the employer, and possibly in some circumstances SETA if the employer wishes. Selected candidates will also be required to sit aptitude tests to ensure that they have the necessary.
After having had an interview and an aptitude test you will be contacted to say whether or not you have been successful in getting the job. If you are successful then the you will start your off the job workshop training at SETA.
What is an aptitude test?
An aptitude test is a way for employers to assess a candidate’s abilities through a variety of different testing formats. Aptitude tests will test your ability to perform tasks and react to situations at work. This includes problem-solving, prioritisation and numerical skills, amongst other things. The psychometric tests are multiple-choice and there is only ever one correct answer, your score is then marked and your level is compared against other candidates who have taken the same test as you.
When do apprenticeship start?
Engineering apprenticeships generally tend to start in September each year but this can vary in some companies. Lots of companies start the recruitment process in January for the following September, so the earlier you start looking around at vacancies the better, as this will improve your chances of success. We do have other start dates throughout the year, so always pop back to the website to see if there are any vacancies though.
Contact our Apprenticeship Team
If you have any questions about becoming an engineering apprentice or about any of the specific roles advertised with SETA then please give our friendly Apprenticeship Team a call on on 023 8077 1908 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .