Step 1: Think about your career options

The first step of becoming an apprentice is very important. You need to decide what industry you would like to train and work in. What are you interested in? What are your career goals?

If you are not sure, or you don't know which apprenticeship best suits your goals, then a FREE informal chat with one of Boston College's impartial friendly Careers Advisers is exactly what you need!

The Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) trained advisers are available by appointment in Boston and Spalding, you can either call 01205 313218 or email to make an appointment.

Once you have chosen the industry you'd like to work in and the apprenticeship you would like to study, you will then need to apply online. You can apply for an apprenticeship by clicking the 'Apply for this Course' button on the individual apprenticeship course information. You then will be guided through the simple application process.

Please note: This stage of becoming an apprentice can be completed with or without an employer, BUT you will need an employer to start your apprenticeship.


As mentioned above, you will need an employer, who is willing to offer you an apprenticeship, before you can start your training. Finding a relevant apprenticeship employer is your responsibility, but Boston College's Apprenticeship Team is here to help.

Once you have applied for your apprenticeship courses, you will be invited in to College for an informal 'initial assessment' where a member of the Apprenticeship Team will discuss the apprenticeship in more detail and how we can help in regards to finding an employer.

I already have a job/employer

You can start an apprenticeship with your current employer, and base your training around your current job role.

You need to have an employment contract for a minimum of 30 hours per week. However, terms are becoming more flexible, and if you do work less than 30 hours per week, you can still be considered for an apprenticeship.

I do not have a job/employer

Once you have decided which apprenticeship you'd like to study and which career you'd like to progress in, you will then need to find a suitable apprenticeship job role within this industry (ideally for a minimum of 30 hours per week).

You can view Boston College's current apprenticeship vacancies by clicking the 'Apprenticeship Vacancies' link at the top of this page. The Boston College Apprenticeship Team is also on hand to help match you to employers, as well as providing information on the training and qualifications available. Local vacancies are also advertised on the government website, apply-apprenticeship

Our helpful tips for finding an apprenticeship placement provide you with all the information you need to find that perfect apprenticeship job role.

For more information regarding training through your current employer or finding a suitable apprenticeship job role, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01205 313238 or email

'Helping match employers with apprentices'

Boston College's Talent Pool is here to support both employers and individuals looking for apprenticeship opportunities. Apprenticeships and Employers can join the Talent Pool by clicking the link below and entering your details. The Apprenticeship Team will then be in contact with any potential matches.

Apprentice Talent Pool

You can download our course guide