How to make the most of your apprenticeship

Posted: 12th of December 2012 by Anonymous

Are you ready for real life?  Are you prepared to discover what it takes to succeed in the world of work?  If you've got the right attitude, then an apprenticeship is your key to the start of a successful career.

It doesn't matter how old you are – whether you’re 16 or 61 - you'll get the work experience employers are looking for with an apprenticeship, while you develop the key skills you need as you work towards the qualification required for the career you’ve chosen.

And, of course, there are one or two other perks as well.

No matter what kind of career you're planning on, from the very first day of your apprenticeship you are officially - and legally - classed as an employee.  So this means you’re entitled to all the employee benefits and rights enjoyed by those people you're working with, as well as an apprentice wage.

That wage starts at £2.65 an hour, but many companies choose to pay more.  Once you've started the second year of your apprenticeship, or once you've hit the age of 19 then you're entitled to a raise.

During your apprenticeship, you're expected to commit yourself 110% to your job role, as well as showing a professional attitude to your workmates and supervisors.

And, of course, since an apprenticeship is all about learning you'll need to demonstrate that you're willing to learn - in both in the workplace and in the classroom.  This means showing a keen interest in your training and asking questions at any opportunity.

This way you'll be developing your knowledge of the trade you've chosen, as well as a reputation as someone who definitely wants to learn.

To make a success of your apprenticeship, you'll need to arrive on time (if not just a little bit early) each morning, and it’s best if you didn't appear too anxious to leave at the end of the day.

Your employer and workmates will appreciate any offers of help from you, and it doesn't do your image any harm either.

And it goes without saying that you have to appear willing to work hard throughout the entire working day.

Possibly the best advice we can give is that you should never become complacent, because there’s nothing to stop your employer changing their mind about taking you on.  You're not irreplaceable... and there are hundreds of other people out there applying for apprenticeships just like yours all the time.

So it's up to you to take any opportunity you can show your employer that they’ve made the right decision by taking you on.


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