Speed up your application process and find your own employer!

Businesses like hiring people who show initiative, and that’s why we encourage our applicants to approach employers to see if they would like to hire a professional candidate like yourself! We’ll even reward your hard work with £250 worth of vouchers. Interested? Well we've also created some simple steps below to help you along in finding your perfect employer...

You can let us know how you get on by getting in contact with us on 0345 074 7825 or email apprenticeships@qa.com

1. Update your CV

Writing the perfect CV is easier than you think! There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your current or new CV is the best it can be…

  • How long should my CV be? – Your CV should be approximately ¾ sides of A4.
  • What should I put on my CV? – Personal details including your phone and email address, education and qualifications, employment history, interests and hobbies, references and a profile.
  • Wait, what is a profile? – It’s a statement about you which should be at the top of your CV, encouraging the employer to read on! Make it interesting and specific to the role you’re after.
  • What if I don’t have enough information? – Don’t worry, you can use the skills from the babysitting job you do every Friday, participating in your local club or volunteering at school.
2. Finding an employer

You’re probably wondering where to start, so here’s a few tips to help you find the right employer

  • Make the most of your contacts
    Do you have a family member or friend’s parent you’d love to work for? If yes, get in touch with them and find out if they would be interested in taking you on.
  • Make your part time job or internship permanent
    Your part time job or internship could open up more doors for you. Why not talk to them about making your contract with them permanent as an apprentice? If you need any help talking over the details with your employer don't forget, we're always here to help!
  • Research local companies
    Are there any local businesses you know that would benefit from a tech apprentice? Why not get in touch with them by phone or email to find out.
  • Network
    You could stumble across a company director or recruiter at an event, serving them coffee or even at the checkout till. So be bold, take the opportunity to introduce yourself and why not ask them for a business card so you can get in touch to discuss further. 

P.S. You may feel slightly awkward and a little bit out of your comfort zone, but remember, employers will be impressed with your initiative and also, if you don’t ask you don’t get!

3. What do I say

Now is your chance to sell yourself and an apprenticeship. Here are a few tips to help you get the conversation started...

How will the apprenticeship benefit them?

  • Funding – The programme is government funded, meaning that by taking on an apprentice not only could the employer develop their workforce but they could also tap into available funding by hiring you.
  • Reduced costs – taking on an apprenticeship will allow them to cut costs, as they don’t have to invest large sums of money training new employees.
  • Constantly growing skills – Our apprenticeship programmes combine high-quality training with real-world experience, enabling employers to build the skills they need to match their business needs.
  • Build local talent – Employers can build and retain local talent (like you) by up-skilling them through high-quality training relevant to the job role.
  • It’s a flexible programme – There is a step off point after 12-14 months if our apprenticeship programme isn’t right for you or your employer.

If they need any more convincing, we’ve worked with over 1,500 employers from fun and funky local agencies to huge corporations to help energise their workforce. We have also featured on Sky News, BBC South, BBC Birmingham and London Live, which will help them see that apprenticeships are a pretty big deal. So the question really is, why haven’t they already decided to take on apprentice?!

4. I've found my employer, now what?

Once you’ve found your employer, all you need to do is get in touch with us. We’ll take it from here by getting in touch with them to help get you started on your apprenticeship journey and to reward you for all your hard work we will give you £250 in vouchers – win win!

Terms and conditions

To secure this £250 voucher offer:

  • The employer must pass all QA health and safety checks
  • The amount is payable after completing six weeks of the apprenticeship programme
  • The job you find can't be a vacancy that QA Apprenticeships itself has sourced
  • Your apprenticeships training must be delivered by QA Apprenticeships
  • This offer only applies if the employer is a new customer of QA Apprenticeships
  • An apprentice cannot claim the offer for progressing onto a higher level apprenticeship after they finish their current apprenticeship with the same employer