Before applying for apprenticeships, it’s vital to understand what employers in your target industry will expect of you and what each specific apprenticeship would involve.
Employers aren’t always looking for candidates with the most work experience or the highest level of qualification because apprenticeships are open to a wide range of applicants, with some requiring only that you be over the age of 16 and not currently enrolled in full-time education as entry requirements.
Your ability to demonstrate hard skills, such as IT literacy or command of a second language, as well as soft skills, such as excellent communication and organisation, will be highly valued, as will your career objectives. You don’t have to have worked in an office, for example, to apply for an HR apprenticeship. You’ll be able to astound people if you speak about the time management and organisation skills you developed while studying.
Look for apprenticeship opportunities on the websites of specific firms. Some companies may not promote their opportunities, so send speculative applications to companies you’d want to work for. You’ll show that you’re driven, and confident and have done extensive research on the company.
Studying will give you a better notion of how to make a good impression, which will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship you’re applying for – for example, to apply for a degree apprenticeship, you’ll typically need at least two A-levels and some relevant experience.
Make your apprenticeship CV and cover letter unique
Every apprenticeship application is built on a solid CV. It should seem professional and simply demonstrate your suitability for the post.
Choose a simple font, clearly divide sections, and use bullet points to make reading easier.
Your cover letter is also an essential part of your apprenticeship application. It will be used to expand on your CV’s achievements and capabilities and explain why you’d want to be considered for the apprenticeship. Keep it concise and to the point; your employer may be reviewing hundreds of applications.
Even though it seems tempting to send out many CVs and cover letters, especially if the apprenticeships you’re interested in provide similar qualifications and possibilities, take the time to research each organisation and tailor each application to the specific company. This way, you’ll know which organisations suit your needs, skills, and career objectives, and employers will see that you’re excited about working with them.
Prepare for the interview
Before submitting your apprenticeship application, research the company; this will be helpful if you are contacted for an interview. In addition, before meeting with a potential employer, you should thoroughly understand the company’s values and what your future career with them involves.
Arrive at the interview prepared to ask questions of your interviewer. Prepare some replies to frequent interview questions as well.
Prepare to confidently express your strengths, areas for improvement, and career objectives. If you’re concerned, get guidance from a friend, teacher, or parent on what to include.
Dress formally to make a good first impression. This does not always entail wearing a suit; instead, dress appropriately for the position you are applying for. A business casual look is a safe bet.
Employers looking for an apprentice will be sympathetic to a lack of work experience if you’re a younger applicant. They will be more interested in your other characteristics, such as punctuality, reliability, and digital competence. Relax, show your excitement about starting an apprenticeship, and show that you are the best match for the post.