Handy hints and tips

We want to give you the skills you need, whether you’re starting out as an apprentice, enhancing current skills or growing the skills of your workforce. Learning and employment is our specialty, so we’ve produced a host of handy hints to help you stand out from the crowd.

A guide to apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances you should be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. Read the guide to apprenticeships for an overview on what they're all about.

The essential guide to apprenticeship support

This leaflet is for individuals who are considering applying for an apprenticeship, and current apprentices. The information may also be useful for parents, carers and other groups who offer advice and guidance.

Calendar of events 2018/19

The National Apprenticeship Service attend many careers events each year, below are a selection of the upcoming events where you can speak to our advisers and find out more information about the opportunities apprenticeships bring.

A-Z of apprenticeships

Find a full list of all the current apprenticeships on offer.

Introduction to Apprenticeships (for students and young people)

An Apprenticeship can take you anywhere you want to go. Download our guide to Apprenticeships.

The benefits of an apprenticeship

We've put together this short poster to demonstrate the great benefits of doing an apprenticeship. Download it and have a look

Finding a Job

Where do you start your search? Follow our top ten tips to finding the perfect position and make sure you explore all avenues to career success.

Finding an Employer

So you’ve identified an industry, now all you need is an employer! We’ve put together a step by step guide to steer you from starting out to that all important job offer.

Job Searching

To keep you focused and positive about finding a job, we’ve smoked out the best places to search and identified what to look for in every opportunity. Happy hunting!

Application Form

Some job vacancies will require you to complete an application form. We’ve put together a few reminders to help you make the most of this first point of contact.

Cover Letter

Create a good first impression with a professional, properly presented cover letter. We will tell you what to say and how to say it to secure that all important interview.


CV Help

Make sure your CV isn’t filed in the bin with our list of dos and don’ts. We’ll run through what an employer is looking for and how to make sure your presentation is perfect.

Interview Advice

So you’re over the first hurdle, now it’s time to do your homework. Follow our guide to planning and preparing for your interview and you’ll arrive informed and in control.