Don’t expect your job to come to you! You may have to use a variety of methods to find your jobs. In competitive areas such as media or construction you will usually have to approach companies, as these jobs are not often advertised.
Bath College is the biggest provider of apprenticeships for companies in the Bath area.
Other places to find apprenticeships
There are a wide range of apprenticeships available. Bigger companies advertise their vacancies independently and have varying closing dates, eg. BT, BP, British Gas, MOD, the banks, the larger supermarkets etc. It is advisable to keep a track of these opportunities on the individual company websites.
It is advisable to register with the National Apprenticeship Service and browse their list of vacancies.
Universal Job Search – may need to be 18+
Job Search Engines
There are many online search engines designed to help you search the internet for the type of vacancy you are seeking in your preferred location. Here are a just a few and they are free. Avoid ones which ask you for money to join.
Public Sector Jobs
- Bath and NE Somerset Council vacancies
- Bristol City Council vacancies
- Wiltshire Council vacancies
- NHS Careers
- Working for a Charity
High Street recruitment agencies may require you to be 18 years old and have previous experience in the sector or a specific qualification. They can be very useful, particularly for temporary work. There are also specialist agencies such as ones dealing in driving, catering, finance and secretarial, construction and general warehouse and factory work.
- AM Personnel
- Juice Recruitment Ltd
- Catering Services International
- Randstad Employment Bureau
- Manpower UK Ltd
- Hays Specialist Recruitment
- Appoint Recruitment
Many employers only advertise their vacancies on their own websites and some employers do not advertise at all, relying on proactive job seekers contacting them directly. This is particularly the case in competitive fields such as media, art and design, carpentry, plumbing and electrical.
To tap into this hidden job market, you need to identify which organisations might have potential opportunities and would be interested in someone like you.
Researching individual employers and understanding their expectations is an important dimension to successfully preparing a CV or an application form.
Events like the Bath Skills Fair can provide a great way to network, build up your contacts, and learn about what different organisations do.
Social media can be used to target employers, apply for jobs and network with individuals. Employers commonly use it for marketing, conducting interviews and recruiting.
- Linked In – This is a professional business related social networking site where employers and employees can stay in touch and network with each other. It also acts as an online CV and is a way to recruit and search for a job.
- Facebook – Extremely popular social networking site. It has become increasingly used by businesses and organisations as a useful marketing tool, for networking, customer service and recruitment.
- Twitter – An online social networking service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. Very popular in the business and marketing world and commonly used as a real time news feed, networking, marketing and customer service tool.
- YouTube – A video-sharing website, on which users can upload, view and share videos. This is a powerful marketing tool and can be used to sell yourself or to gain insight into an organisation.
Social media can create opportunities and open doors, however it can also ruin your chances of employment if professionalism is not maintained.
- Sites like Linkedin will give you the opportunity to outline your professional experience and direct employers to the information you’d like them to see.
- Don’t put a photo on your Facebook or Twitter account that may give a bad impression. Remember, even if your profile is private they can still see this.
- Be aware of what you are posting and how you may come across to potential employers.
- Where possible, keep your profiles positive.
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
This is especially true in the construction and the creative sector. So it is important to build relationships with people who may have opportunities and letting them know what you can do, so you can identify relevant opportunities. Offering work experience can allow you to build your network and find out about potential work, and using social media to network is becoming more important.