I could waffle on about the benefits of an apprenticeship, but there are many websites already offering that advice. My advice when considering an apprenticeship can be summed up in one word, "compromise". The natural progression from A Levels when considering an apprenticeship would be a higher or degree apprenticeship. The reality is that you may have no experience in your choosen apprenticeship path and any opportunity to enter the profession you have chosen should be considered.
Unlike university applications where your grades carry the majority of the weight, your grades when applying for an apprenticeship can raise an employers interest but its your knowledge and experience in your choosen sector that will cary the majority of weight. For this reason you should consider any opportunities that can be used to evidence your interest; work experience, voluntary work, temporary work, anything!
My role as the school Careers Adviser is to support you with your applications, if you require my advice and guidance simply email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adviza is the company I work for, we have many contracts in schools all over Oxfordshire to deliver careers guidance. The subheading "Careers info for young people" is probably the most useful for the majority of students.
eclips is a careers website that has no advertised vacancies, but does offer a wealth of advice and guidance. In my opinion it's the best careers website on the market. I often use it when I am asked a careers question and don't know the answer. The school have to pay for this website, however you only need to enter the login code: JMason2017
The NHS is the largest employer in the country with a variety of apprenticeships. A tip when searching, use the term apprentice, drop the "ship".
Not Going to Uni is a good site for higher and degree apprenticeships.
CV advice can be found on most average websites, but I would recommend getting advice from eclips. Whenever I am asked to write a CV, I look on elips for the job description, borrow the key words and phrases from the page, and feed them back into the CV I am writing. When applying for creative opportunities I personally like creative CVs, there lots of good example images of them on google.
Speculative Applications are something you need to consider doing because some companies don't advertise their opportunities and you have to approach them. How do you find them? Yell.com is an online directory so it is good to use if you know the type of employer that you're looking for. You can send them a polite email and attach your CV.