An apprenticeship is like a job, but with a study element included. This means the application process is like a job too. Here, we’ve put together some guidance on how and when to apply and our top tips for getting an interview.
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
Each employer will have a different application process, so you’ll need to read the vacancy carefully and ensure you understand any deadlines and next steps.
You will usually be asked to submit a CV and answer some questions about yourself. If you get through the first stage, you’ll be invited to an interview. It’s a good idea to keep track of any applications you have on the go and their deadlines.
It’s not just about work experienceMake a list of your experiences, hobbies and interests. All your life experiences can help show why you’d be a good fit for the role. You need to match your experience to the skills needed in the job description. For example, if you’re applying for an apprenticeship in engineering, talk about relevant projects you’ve worked on in science or maths.
Show your personalityIf you’re stuck, ask teachers, friends and family to list your three top qualities as a starting point. Employers want to know that you have the qualities they’re looking for and that you’ll fit in well in a team. Always back these up with real-life situations. For example, if you’ve been the captain of the school football team, this shows leadership and teamwork skills.
Personalise to the companyMake sure you’ve tailored your application to the company and the apprenticeship. Even if they’re all in similar fields, you still need to make sure you can articulate why you’re interested in that role and company. Copied and pasted applications will lessen your chance of making a good impression.
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