Do you want to work in an office or would you prefer to work outdoors? Are you happier using your brain or using your hands? An employer will always want to know why you want a career in their industry. If you don't have a good answer you're not going to get much further.
The National Careers Service has profiles of over 750 different job roles so you can get a better idea of what the work would be like and the career prospects in that industry.
OK, so you have an idea of what kind of apprenticeship(s) you want to do – now you need to think about where the companies that would want those kinds of apprentices are based.
Think about people you already know that may work for a company that could be interested in taking on an apprentice or companies you have some other connection with. For example, if you want to be a mechanic ask friends and family where they get their car serviced.
You'll know the businesses in your local area pretty well. If you want to be a hairdresser take a look at the salons where you live and in the surrounding areas. Are they busy? If they are, they may be looking for help.
Sites like yell.com allow you to search for businesses using a location name or postcode. In a few minutes you'll have details of businesses near you who may be interested in taking on an apprentice.
When you have completed your research you should have a list of potential employers that you are going to approach and their contact details.
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