Unlike university applications, there is no fixed deadline when it comes to applying for apprenticeships. Vacancies appear throughout the year. Don’t wait until the deadline to apply, some companies close their recruitment as soon as they have enough candidates. As a general rule, vacancies with larger companies start appearing in the autumn, but the majority pop up from January or February onwards.
Smaller businesses might start recruiting a month or two before the job starts, so if you hope to start work in August or September, you might start looking from Easter onwards.
Do check start dates closely, to make sure you’ll have finished school or college.
Start your research early – the sooner the better, so you have time to fill any gaps in your CV with the things employers are typically looking for (see page four), including getting some relevant work experience.