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kunaal bakrania

Query about apprenticeship eligibility

Posted: 03/03/16 by kunaal bakrania

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I hope everyone is doing well. I just need a bit of advice for a graphic design apprenticeship that interested me. The only problem is that I have had a bit of software experience but nothing as such to prove that although I have a BTEC in Art and Design it wasn't really IT based. I am currently at university but really thinking about an apprenticeship as the course didn't really turn as I thought it would, even though I tried to change course but nothing seemed appealing to me. Because I did a BTEC without much software experience would I have to do some kind software-based course or a graphic design foundation to be eligible for the apprenticeship? I really thank you for your help and I hope to hear from you soon, thank you.

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  • NGtU Career Advisor

    Hi kunaal

    The first thing to say is that your BTEC will be very useful in getting accepted onto a graphic design related apprenticeship. However, the employer may well be looking for applicants who have already had some experience of using computer based graphics applications such as Adobe. In some cases they might also be looking for some basic awareness of web page design tools. This should be made clear in the vacancy details. If they don't mention such things then you can go ahead and apply!

    When I refer to experience with software I'm not necessarily meaning doing a formal course of training. Teaching yourself at home how to use stuff may be all they expect and they definitely won't expect a high level of expertise.

    You can sometimes do short courses locally through an FE college or other training organisation and some of these may be held in the evening. One thing that you can do is to get in touch with training providers who help arrange apprenticeships for employers in the design field and ask them for their advice and help.

    If you let me know the area geographically where you want to be based I can find some contact details for this.

    Regards

    Chris

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