Okay, you’ve decided that doing an apprenticeship is the ideal career path for you (good choice!), but what now? I’m sure there’s plenty of questions you’d like answering, so I’ll try to cover the main steps of successfully securing your own apprenticeship! First things first though – have you decided what you’d like to do an apprenticeship in? Don’t worry if you haven’t, our apprenticeship page can provide lots of inspiration for future careers. Alternatively, our fun Apprenticeship quiz can suggest career options based on the answers to just a few questions.
Perfecting your CV
Hopefully, by this point, you have a pretty good idea of what career path you’d like to go down. It doesn’t matter if not though, crafting a CV with a wow-factor is still a crucial step in securing an apprenticeship. At this point, it’s not likely you’ll have a lot of previous employment history, so try to think about what skills you do have and how these could be transferred to the workplace. Any work experience or volunteering would be a fantastic addition to your CV, just remember to include what skills you learnt from this. If you do have a career path in mind, try to show how your skills link to the type of jobs you would be applying for. Perhaps research some vacancies to get an idea of the skill you’ll need. For more information on creating a fantastic CV for an apprenticeship, click here.
Where do I find an apprenticeship?
A simple internet search will find you plenty of vacancies for apprenticeships, but not necessarily the right ones. Our vacancies page allows you to define your search based on:
- Distance from your location
- Area of interest
Each vacancy will provide you with plenty of detail including the location, employer, weekly wage and a detailed description of what the position includes.
Completing an application form
An apprenticeship application form can vary in complexity with each employer or apprenticeship training provider. Generally, you will be asked to submit most of the information you should already have included within your CV. Additionally you may be asked some questions which are a little more challenging, such as:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What could you contribute to our business?
- Why are you interested in this position?
Questions like this can be very daunting but planning your answer can help. All you need to do is highlight what relevant skills you have to offer and what previous experiences you have.
To receive the full guide on how to fill out an apprenticeship application, simply enter your details into the form below.
Need to sharpen your interview technique?
Prepare for your interview with our free guide!
The final step: Interviews
Based on the successfulness of your applications, the next step in securing an apprenticeship would be attending an interview with the employer. For most, this is likely to be your first interview, so it’s important to remember that whoever is interviewing you will be aware of this too. The purpose of an interview is not to trip you up, it’s an opportunity for you to showcase just what you can do.
We have put together a full guide on how to prepare for an apprenticeship interview, which you will benefit from reading.