To join one of our degree apprenticeship programmes you need to be in employment and have the support of your employer.
I am already employed in the industry
If you are already employed in this industry, you should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer.
If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.
I am not employed in the industry
Step 1: Find a vacancy
To be offered a place on one of our degree apprenticeship programmes, you need to be employed and have your employer's approval. If you aren't currently working, the best way to join us is by searching for suitable apprenticeship opportunities. Here are two great places to start:
Step 2: Complete an application
When you find a vacancy that appeals to you, you'll need to make an application to the employer and not through UCAS or Aston University. Each employer has a different application process, so it is best to take a look through their recruitment information online to see what is expected of you.
The typical process will involve:
- An online application form
- Aptitude testing
- A telephone or video interview
- An assessment centre or a face-to-face interview.
Step 3: Enrol as a student
If you are successful at every stage of your employer's recruitment process, they will pass on your details to Aston University. We'll invite you to complete and application form so we can begin the enrolment process. Once this has been completed, you'll be offered a place as a degree apprentice.
Tips for your application
Do your research
The number of degree apprenticeship roles being offered is growing so it is important you make sure you look into each employer and role carefully to make sure it is right for you.
At some point in the process you will be asked why you are applying for the apprenticeship and you’ll need to have a good reason.
This is your chance to show that you know what the company does and how the role is part of the big picture. So make sure you research:
- What the company’s products/services are
- The company’s values and how you are a good match to them
- Who the CEO/founder is
- If the company has been in the news recently
What makes you stand out?
You’ll be competing with thousands of other young people so it is important you give the recruiters a reason to remember you.
While you might not have a jam-packed CV yet, you’ll have something else that makes you special.
Do you volunteer? Are you on a sports team? Do you have a part time job? Have you got any work experience? Are you a prefect, house captain or on the school council? Are you doing the Duke of Edinburgh award? Do you have any interesting hobbies?
All of these are great talking points and show that you have skills outside of academia which is important in the working world.
Structure your answers
Carefully plan out your answers so you can be sure you have really showed yourself in the best light. Try the STAR technique:
Situation: Our football team made it to the cup final but we were playing our rivals who we don't get on with.
Task: As the captain of the team, it was my job to keep the team focused on winning and not let the rivalry get the better of them.
Action: Before the game, I gathered the team and gave a speech about how we needed to work together using the strategies from our training sessions. I made sure to say that even though we were facing a team we don't get on with, we needed to stay calm and focus on playing the best game we could.
Result: I showed great leadership skills by communicating with the team and making sure we all joined together with a common focus on our strategy, we won the game 3-1.
This answer demonstrates clearly the applicant's skills and how they managed a situation that could have been very challenging.
Practise your delivery
When it comes to the interview stages it’s worth asking a friend or family member to run a practice interview with you to make sure you are well rehearsed.
Many companies are using digital interviews as part of the recruitment processes. A question will come up on the screen and you'll get about 30 seconds to prepare your answer. Then you'll be recorded giving your answer to the question through your computer's webcam and microphone. The organisation will review the video clips at a later date to decide if you make it through to the next round based on the answers you gave.
Most students will have never done something like this before. But don't worry, some companies like Capgemini offer applicants a chance to have a go at a demo interview to help you get a feel for what the real thing will be like.
Check your personal brand
Are your social media accounts private? If not, anyone, including potential employers can check out what you post. A growing number of employers are using social media as a way to screen candidates and if they see anything concerning, chances are you won't make it to the next stage. If you don't want to change your profile to private, take some time to go through the content you share and make sure there is nothing inappropriate out there for the world to see.
Interested? Get in touch with the Apprenticeships Team