How to Apply

Applying for an apprenticeship is very different to a UCAS application for university. There is currently no central application system for apprenticeships, so you will have to apply directly to the company you wish to work for.

We recognise that you might need some support along the way, so register with us and we’ll let you know of job vacancies, application support and other events you might find useful. We hold regular application support sessions and the latest dates of these can be found on our events page.

Although the application process will vary by employer, the guide below has links to guidance, which will help with skills such as CV writing and Interview preparation. 

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If you are looking to enrol on the programme in your current role, visit the 'Already employed?' page.

How to apply for an apprenticeship

1. Let us know you are interested in a Degree Apprenticeship

Register your interest in our apprenticeship programmes. We will let you know about vacancies and any extra support we can give to help with your application.

2. Look for job opportunities

The first step to getting any apprenticeship is finding out about opportunities in the first place. There are several places to find out about vacancies:

Manchester Met Website

Vacancies with organisations offering an apprenticeship with Manchester Met are normally listed on our vacancies page.

Job Alerts

If you have registered your details with us, you will get an email when new jobs become available.

National Apprenticeship Service website

The Government's 'Find an Apprenticeship' website lists the largest number of vacancies available throughout England.

Open Evenings

Around four times each year, you can come along to an open evening to find out more about our apprenticeship programmes, meet current apprentices and find out about the latest jobs available. Register for our upcoming events.

Company's websites

Some organisations choose to advertise exclusively through their own websites. If there is a company you’d love to work for, check their website to see if they offer apprenticeships. 

3. Apply for a job

The application process for apprenticeships varies by employers, but most usually involve a covering letter and CV. You may also be invited to an assessment centre, an event where you will be asked to work on your own or in teams on a variety of tasks. Most often, the final stage of applications is an interview.

This might all sound quite daunting, but we provide guidance for writing job applications and preparing for interview.

Don’t give up if you don’t get that first job as some roles can be very competitive.

4. Get the job

Congratulations you’ve got the job! You’ll sign a contract with your employer, which will set out your terms of employment.

5. Complete your university application

You need to complete your university application and enrol on the course. This usually takes place a couple of months before you are due to start your programme, but can sometimes be later. The university application is not difficult to complete and we can provide guidance when required.

6. Start your course

Apprenticeships usually start with an induction, where you will get to know other people on the programme and start your first teaching sessions.