How do you find an apprenticeship?Posted: 6th of February 2015 by
Think about the skills that you have and where your strengths lie and consider the sort of work you want to do. Alternatively, you might want to think of a company or business that you would like to work for.
Many large employers run apprenticeship programmes, so check with them directly and if there is a small business that you’d like to work for, go ahead and suggest that they offer one if they don’t already.
Ways of finding an apprenticeship
- Ask at school or visit your local FE College to check what apprenticeships they offer
- Search our opportunities page for vacancies by sector
- Search the apprenticeships.org website for providers offering apprenticeships
How to apply for an apprenticeship
Just like any other job, you will need to sell yourself to the employer, and there will be competition for places on the more popular apprenticeships. Whatever the apprenticeship, you should find out as much as you can about the company and the role that you want to apply for so that you are ‘clued up’ and knowledgeable.
Explain in your application why you want to work for the company, and how your skills will suit the role you are applying for. Tailor your application to each employer for maximum impact. Your application needs to be easy to read and to the point. You will want to show that you are the right person for the job. Use the apprenticeship summary to see what the provider wants, and show how you match the criteria.
Talk about your strengths and what you will bring to the job. You may be asked to say which skills you would like to improve – rather than showing weakness you can show a willingness to improve your existing skills.
You may also be asked about your interests and hobbies. This allows you to show a little bit of your personality. Don’t lie and try to make yourself sound more exciting – chances are, you’ll get found out at interview.
Once you have written your application, check it over for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Don’t rely on your computer to do this, but get someone to make sure everything is fine. Also, check your social media and make sure there is nothing embarrassing on there – the employer may look you up online too!
Interviewing for an apprenticeship job
The final step is the interview. Wear formal business clothes. Even if you feel over-dressed, it is better than looking scruffy. You only get one chance to make a first impression – so make it count!
Try to stay calm and make sure you listen to what is asked of you. The employer will know that you are likely to be nervous and do their best to put you at ease. Speak clearly, make eye-contact, and be friendly and polite. However, don’t be overly-familiar or make jokes – you are in a working environment - so stay professional and good luck!
For more tips on the kind of questions to expect at interview check out our article on typical questions.
You can find out more about how to bag an apprenticeship in our 2015 Apprenticeship Guide which will be with you in time for National Apprenticeship Week on our advice centre page so look out for this!
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