How to apply for an apprenticeshipPosted: 15th of November 2015 by
Once you have researched apprenticeship opportunities and found an apprenticeship that is right for you and at the right level, it’s time to apply for that job, so it's important that you understand how to apply for an apprenticeship.
Just like any regular, full time job you will need to sell yourself to the employer. For really good apprenticeships there will a lot of applicants.
Do your research
Whatever the apprenticeship, you should find out as much as you can about the company and the role you want to apply for. Print off copies of any information that will help with your application - this could include your C.V. and any information about the apprenticeship itself. Once armed with this information, you will be ready to sell yourself to the employer.
Make it clear why you want to work for them
Explain in your application why you want to work for the company, and how your skills will suit the role you are applying for. Don’t be tempted to use the same application for each apprenticeship you apply for, but tailor your application to each one. 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.
Sell your strengths
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.
Think about what the employer wants from an apprentice - show that you are dedicated, hard-working, and willing to learn. An employer will be investing their time and money into your training - show them why they should invest in you!
Once you have written your application, check it over for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors (it’s a good idea to get someone else to look over your application). Also, check your social media and make sure there is nothing embarrassing on there – the employer may look you up online too!
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