Advice and Guidance for Applicants

Once you have made the decision that you would like to apply for an apprenticeship, you will need to go through a few stages before you start in your chosen career path…..

To apply for most apprenticeship vacancies, you will need a CV. A CV is a summary of your skills experience and education and is the first thing employers will see, so needs to offer the best impression of you.

The following list is what you should include.

Name and Contact Details

Your address, contact number and a suitable email address. You do not need to include details such as date of birth, marital status, gender or a photograph.

Personal Profile

This section is to highlight the skills you have learnt in school, work experience, part time jobs or any other activities. A short paragraph should be plenty.

Education

Make a note of which schools you attended and put in all the grades that you have achieved plus any predicted grades.

Work History/Experience

With the dates descending, put in any work experience you have including any volunteering, part time, summer or other jobs you may have had. Make sure that you include all the activities you did and the skills you developed.

Interests and Hobbies

Add your interests, particular hobbies that show team working, leadership, communications skills.

Other Resources

There are online guides available to help you build your first CV, some great resources are:

Prospects.co.uk – CVs and Cover Letters

TheGuardian.com – School-leavers and graduates: how to write your first CV

Reed.co.uk – School leaver CV template

The most popular site to source apprenticeship vacancies is via the National Apprenticeship Service, you can search by qualification type, job role and location. You are able to apply online for the roles and complete some online questions.

Suitable candidates will be requested to send a copy of their CV via email, you can use this opportunity to tailor your CV to the job role, changing your personal profile to demonstrate that you have the skills and personal qualities they have asked for.

Check, check and check again

Before you press send, check your CV for spelling and grammar errors, get someone else to read your CV and then double check! This is the first impression the employer will have of you- make sure it is a good one!

Congratulations for reaching this stage! Now don’t let the nerves kick in As long as you prepare for your interview you have a great chance of being successful! Here are a few hints and tips to help you a prepared!

Research the company and industry – chances are you will be asked what you know about the company. They will want to know you that you have spent some time researching the organisation.

List 5 questions to ask about the job and company – at the end of the interview you will be asked if you have any questions. Have a few prepared!

Prepare some interview answers – some questions are more likely to come up than others. Spend some time online looking at potential questions and think about how you will answer these.

Prepare your outfit – Make sure that you look professional and check yourself in a mirror before you leave. Looking professional will give you extra confidence!

Check your directions – Ensure you know where you are going and arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Lastly – Try to relax and focus during the interview. Use this as an opportunity to learn as much as you can about the company

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