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How to get an Apprenticeship

So you’ve decided that you want to become an apprentice. Now you need to know how to get an apprenticeship

Take a look at our guide to getting an apprenticeship:

First you need to find apprenticeship vacancies. 
The main places to find apprenticeship vacancies are:

  1. Apprenticeship vacancies
  2. Find employers who offer apprenticeships and visit employer websites directly to search
  3. Online job websites
  4. Ask your contacts 

Second you need to get prepared before you apply.

Read carefully:

  • The job description and job specification 
  • The instructions and information about the apprenticeship application process (this could be in the job description or on the company’s website)
  • About the apprenticeship programme offered within the company (if available on the company’s website)
  • Information about the company on the company’s website

Have this information with you when you fill out the application/CV and covering letter.


Prepare:

  • Your CV and/or application form. Your apprenticeship application will be one among lots of others. Make your CV stand out from the crowd and submit the best CV or application you possibly can:
    • Take time to complete the CV and application form. Don’t rush it.
    • Get help to build a CV or write an application, and contact us if you would like more help
    • Ask someone to proof read the CV/application for you before you send it
    • Keep a copy of all CVs and application forms you send. You will need to know what you’ve written to prepare for the interview stage. Tip: If you are going for similar jobs you may be able to re-use information in them.
  • A covering email or letter to go with your CV or application (if required). Some employers will ask for a covering letter or email. Find out what to put in a covering letter/email
  • For online or face to face assessments. Some apprenticeships have online or face to face assessments. Take practice tests to get prepared 
  • For interview. If you have a strong CV or application you are more likely to get an interview. Give yourself the best chance and prepare for interviews before they happen.
     
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