Apprentice Application FAQ
Step 1. Online Application
- Apply here.
- Before you apply adapt your CV and cover letter to suit the role.
- To stand out in your application, demonstrate a keen interest in the role and highlight any relevant studies.
- Paid and voluntary roles are important. Include any leadership roles at school or university or volunteering for a local sports club or community group.
- Consider how you express yourself. We are looking for professionalism in your cover letter and CV.
Step 2. Telephone Interview and Aptitude Tests
- If successful, we will invite you to a telephone interview and to complete relevant online assessments.
- The telephone interview is a great chance for you to showcase your interest and passion for your chosen career path. Relax, this is a casual chat so let your personality shine through!
Step 3. Face to Face Interview
- The final stage is an interview with the team at one of our offices.
- This is a chance for you to go into more depth about your studies and work experience and how this relates to the role you applied for.
- As much as it’s about us finding out about you, it’s an opportunity for you to find out more about the team and the day-to-day of the role, so please come prepared with questions!
Step 4. Offer
- If successful, we will call to congratulate you on your offer.
- When you accept, we will start the process of getting you enrolled with your college/ University.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a paid development programme. You receive on-the-job training to gain hands-on experience whilst studying for your relevant academic qualification.
What does a working day as an apprentice at Stantec involve?
It depends on the role. Each position involves different tasks, from assisting with design ideas to producing calculations. Whichever team you join, you'll learn on the job from some of the leading experts in the field.
What additional learning & development support will I receive from Stantec during my apprenticeship?
There will be lots of learning and development support during your apprenticeship, from digital learning platforms and leadership sessions to in-person group activities and projects. Plus, when you begin, you will be allocated a mentor for the duration of your apprenticeship.
Our Developing Professionals Groups are also a great network to help support your development.
What is the split between working and studying?
You will receive at least 20% of your weekly working hours to complete your academic learning. In most cases, you may work four days a week and attend college/university one day a week on a day release.
What is the difference between a Level 3 and a Level 6 apprenticeship?
The level you will study at depends on your most relevant qualifications. It will determine the suitable level for you to gain your next appropriate qualification.
Level 3 Apprenticeships are an entry-level programme for those looking to start in the world of work. Available to those aged 16 years or above, it typically requires qualifications at GCSE level or equivalent and lasts approximately 2-3 years.
At completion, you’ll have valuable qualifications equivalent to A Levels. With the potential for future progression, you’ll have the foundations to build a career to be proud of.
Level 6 Apprenticeships are suitable for school leavers aged 18/19 years or over, looking to gain a degree while also starting their career journey. It requires education up to A-Level or equivalent and lasts approximately 5-6 years as you will be studying part-time. This is a great option for those who can’t decide between an apprenticeship and University.
You can also apply for a degree apprenticeship if you’ve already successfully completed a lower-level apprenticeship and you’re looking to further your career.
How long does the apprenticeship take to complete?
Your course duration will depend on the level of apprenticeship you are doing. For example, a level 3 apprenticeship can take up to 2-3 years, while a level 6 apprenticeship can take up to 5 years to complete.
What are the entry requirements?
For a level 3 apprenticeship you should have, or be expecting, a minimum of five GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English at Grade 5 or above.
For Level 6 Degree apprenticeships you should have or be expecting 3 A Levels at Grade B or above in either Maths, Further Maths or Science. Or, a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering – Grade DMM to include Further Engineering Mathematics.
How is an apprenticeship assessed?
It will depend on your course provider. There are several ways you can be assessed throughout your course, including practical assessments, a written project, multiple-choice tests, or an observation in the workplace. It may also include an end-point assessment in the workplace.
Where will I study?
We will look at local colleges/ universities in the local area to find the most suitable course at the level required. In some instances, we will have established relationships with course providers already.
What happens if I do not achieve my predicted grades even though I have been made an offer?
If you do not meet your predicted grades, you must inform the early careers recruitment team as soon as possible. We will do our best to see what other options and pathways we can support you with. However, your offer of employment as an apprentice is conditional on the grades you receive.
What is the typical start date for an apprentice?
Start dates can vary depending on your course. It may be as early as mid-August or the beginning of September. Initially, you will start in the office, then your college or university course follows shortly after.
When I finish my apprenticeship, can I stay at Stantec?
We employ all apprentices on a permanent contract. After your initial apprenticeship course is complete, we explore any other development required to progress you on your chosen career path (e.g. level 3 progressing to level 6). We will work together to place you in a suitable role after your apprenticeship.
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