Key Websites

Top Links

  1. How to develop skills
  2. Information about apprenticeships
  3. Advice from people in the industry
  4. Industry and sector information
  5. Subject-specific information


General Careers Information and Help

CareerPilot is a fun and useful website and also offers a free careers app for young people, parents and carers in the South West. This can help young people in the South West explore all their choices and plan their futures and has been launched by a consortium managed by the University of Bath.

The Careerpilot app is aimed at 13 to 19 year olds, and includes:

  • Information on all the pathways choices available at 14, 16 and 18 - including apprenticeships, A levels and the many routes to Higher Education;
  • Information on 18 job sectors;
  • Links to post 16 providers in the South West.

The information from the app comes from the main Careerpilot site which has even more useful careers information. The free app can be downloaded from

You can check out the National Careers Service which is a Government run website. It has lots of interesting and suitable advice on there, including CV writing and Careers Advice.

There is also Career Camel which has lots of jobs, training opportunities and attention-grabbing articles showing the correlation between qualifications and earning power for example!

Future Talent offer apprenticeship and training vacancies. They also offer help on various aspects of the whole process such as how to write a covering letter.

If you are looking for an Apprenticeship it is very important you make the most of your profile, so that it presents you in the best possible way. Remember, not only can you apply for jobs but potential employers and training providers can view your details when they are trying to find someone for a job. If you need help completing your profile, take a look at the top tips in the link below. Please also remember that their partners – the Training Providers, FE Colleges and Employers that they work with - will be able to see your details when you are trying to fill vacancies. Ensuring that all candidates' details are up to date is a great starting point in helping you secure an offer.

Get my fist job

Click below for a one-stop career resource

Useful Online Guides to Careers

This is THE resource for those students interested in pursuing an Apprenticeship. It is a substantial work with everything you could want to know. A must ‘look at’ if thinking of an apprenticeship. It can also be downloaded as an app for an iphone or ipad. If you want to see the hard copy, please see Ms Murray.


Support Material for candidates looking for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship

A useful guide including hints and tips on how to write a winning application, and maximise your chances of securing that apprenticeship.

How to write a winning application

An online step by step candidate guide providing information from registering to applying for Apprenticeship opportunities.

Online guide to registering and applying for vacancies

Includes advice on how to obtain a Traineeship and where to go for more information.

How to obtain a Traineeship

Additional resources available

If you have any questions, or need support please contact the Helpdesk on 08000 150 400 or 0247 682 6482

  • The National Minimum Wage (NMW) regulations depend on your age, but there is also a special rate for apprentices who are under the age of 19 or are in the first year of their apprenticeship. The table below summarises the position.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Rates for 2018/19

Age and minimum hourly rate 2019-20

25 and over - £8.21

21 to 24 - £7.70

18 to 20 - £6.15

Under 18 - £4.35

Apprentice - £3.90

The National Apprenticeships Directory can be found here:

It is very useful and well worth students interested in pursuing an apprenticeship registering with them.

The local vacancies are available below (updated regularly)

Please note we are now giving you a wider area to choose from ( sorted byLEA for easy access)

Apprenticeship Vacancy List Wiltshire Area

Please do not contact the employer unless it states in the vacancy that this is acceptable. If you require more information than is described, please contact the Learning Provider in the first instance; their contact details will be available in the advert.

The site has useful sections for both parents and prospective apprentices; including vacancies, mentoring opportunities and FAQ’s (including pay and benefits).

Once registered, you can receive the updates directly as well as further information. It is important to realise that these reports are used only as a guide, and that you should log onto Apprenticeship vacancies for the most up to date information. Once registered you can save preferences and set up alerts if looking for a vacancy that does not appear on these reports. New vacancies are constantly being added so one may come up at any time, and the website will alert you to this.

Information, Advice and Guidance on applying for apprenticeships can be found here:

The 'How to Write a Winning Apprenticeship Application' guide is full of hints and tips on how candidates can work their way through registering, searching and applying for jobs on the Apprenticeship vacancy website:

A new 'How to Apply for an Apprenticeship' film is now available on Youtube at the following link:

Please click on the link below for an amazing opportunity to apply for an advanced apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence. This is a wonderful offer and I would encourage any students interested in becoming an engineer with the MOD to read and apply!

It does not state the age of applicants, but they ask for 5 GCSE’s grade C minimum (inc. English, Maths & 1 Science) so they may be looking for slightly older students, but I would advise applying anyway or remembering the position as they advertise these positions annually.

MOD Advanced Apprenticeship

Degree Apprenticeships

Click here to find out more about Degree Apprenticehsips

Rate My Apprenticeship

Work Experience Ideas

Why should I study a subject

Employability Skills

Vocational Skills

What are Facilitating Subjects?

Apprenticeship Academy

A parent's guide to Apprenticeships

City of Bristol College Apprenticeship Opportunities

T2 Apprenticeship Academy

Click on the following links to find out more information about T2 Apprenticeship programmes

T2 Apprenticeship Academy 19-23 Traineeship Specifics

T2 Apprenticeship Academy pre-app and 16-18 traineeship programme specifics

T2 Apprenticeship Academy Vacancy Update June 2014

Industry specific Apprenticeship providers

Start your IT Career( IT ) (motor vehicle apprenticeships) ((motor vehicle apprenticeships) (electrical/ plumbing) (construction)

Kwik Fit Apprenticeships

Local Sixth Form and Further Education colleges (St Brendan’s) (Chew Valley Sixth Form) (St Mary Redcliffe Sixth Form) (City of Bristol College) (City of Bath College) (South Gloucestershire & Stroud College – formerly Filton)

Local universities and Post-18 Options (University of Bristol) (University of the West of England) (Bath Spa University) (University of Bath)

Police and Armed Forces

Other Websites to check out

Monster has a wealth of information relating to CV’s, cover letters and interview tips and techniques:

Great site for all sorts of useful and interesting hints and tips. Do try the Interactive Psychometric Test to help ascertain a perfect career for you - - careers test (construction) (hospitality and Catering) (YMCA) (music courses & production)

Please note: All of these websites are by no means an exhaustive or definitive list.