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Ready for Live: Find an Apprenticeship

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The Find an Apprenticeship service has passed its live Digital by Default Service Standard Assessment. This simple to use service helps people search and apply for apprenticeships and traineeships, and will go live in May 2015.

Here's a short film we've made about it:

This is one of the latest services in the government's Transformation Programme to pass the live Digital by Default Service Standard assessment. The service is currently focused on meeting the needs of users looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship, and those who support them like teachers and careers advisors, but will next move onto redesigning the way that employers and training providers advertise apprenticeships and traineeships.

So far in the public beta, we’re supporting over 85,000 candidates and have already processed around 210,000 applications. When live, we anticipate handling 1.8 million applications a year from around 600,000 users.

Here's the link to the service again: Find an Apprenticeship.

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Find an Apprenticeship

Angela Scale, Product Manager, Find an apprenticeship
The service is called, ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ and it allows candidates in England to be able to search and apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship.

It’s aimed at users of all age. Those who, actually, are interested in wanting to apply and search; those who actually have aspirations to become an apprentice, or want to find out more information.

Before the service existed, we had our legacy system, which is called ‘Apprenticeship Vacancies’. Before, they carried out a similar process of being able to search and apply, but the journey was a lot more clunky, not joined-up and wasn’t very easy to use.

Gary Tucker, Service Manager, Find an apprenticeship
So the new service is simpler, it’s a lot faster, it works on mobile and, again, the old legacy system didn’t work very well on mobile, and 40% of our traffic now use mobile so it’s a key channel that people use to apply for an apprenticeship.

They can search through a keyword, whether it’s a company, whether it’s engineering, or child care. They just put in their postcode and it will tell them where the apprenticeships are in their area.

Sitting down with young people and watching the user testing, you can see how much it can change people’s lives. These are people who are desperate to get jobs, and if I can get people into an apprenticeship, through a very simple online service, then that makes my job worthwhile.

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  1. Comment by Komborero Dauramanzi posted on

    This is such a brilliant project. Hats off to those involved!

  2. Comment by Stephen Gill posted on

    Well done Gary, Clare and team!