Apprenticeships can be a great way to learn a new trade and they can also lead to full-time employment. So if you are thinking of starting an apprenticeship but are not sure where to begin, here are some tips to help you find the right one and to help you get the most out of your apprenticeship.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships can give candidates an opportunity to earn whilst they learn. Employers set up apprenticeship schemes to offer candidates paid work experience placements (sometimes lasting years) which can enable candidates to pick up a new skill and qualifications during their employment.
Why Are Apprenticeships Useful?
Apprenticeships can be great for your career progression because they enable you to pick up new skills and professionally recognised qualifications, all whilst earning a salary. Once you complete your apprenticeship you can usually secure yourself a well paid job within the company you have been working for. If you can’t secure a job within the same company then the skills and qualifications you have earned will really help you to write a CV and apply for jobs. There are a number of benefits to becoming an apprentice. Your earning potential is automatically increased, you can gain promotions quite quickly once you have secured your qualifications and they enable you to eventually become an expert in your chosen field.
What Apprenticeships Are Available?
Employers all over the country offer apprenticeship schemes in a variety of industries. Mechanical Engineer, Plumber, Electrician and Carpenter are just a few examples of roles that you can secure via an apprenticeship.
If you want to apply for an apprenticeship here are some tips to help you get your application noticed:
• Do research. This is crucial to ensure that the apprenticeship you have found really is for you. Do a quick internet search to look at companies and employers in the industry you are looking to work in. Visit their websites to find out more about the core work that they do and the responsibilities you may be taking on board. Research the area well before you apply.
• Find an apprenticeship for you. There are so many apprenticeships across the country, from a variety of employers so you now need to find the right one for you. Search for companies you would like to work for or apprenticeship schemes in your area to draw up a shortlist of roles. You can now research each one to whittle down your shortlist.
• Update your CV. Your CV needs to show an employer what relevant skills and experience you have and it needs to be reflective of the role you are applying for. Whether you have worked in a voluntary position or completed an internship, include relevant work experience on your CV.
• Personalise your cover letter. Employers can receive hundreds of apprenticeship applications so to make yours stand out from the crowd try personalising your application. Find out the name of the hiring manager and address your CV to them and tell the company why you want to work for them!
• Keep applying. Applying for apprenticeships and securing a role can take a long time so keep sending your CV out, follow companies on social media to find out the latest news and be persistent.