Our top tips for applying to Apprenticeships
Publish Date: 2024-01-12
Be specific to the employer - during the application process you may need to provide a personal statement and we highly recommend you are specific to the company you are applying to as to why you would like an apprenticeship with their business.. Employers can tell when you have copied & pasted your application from different applications so make sure you cater each application to the different employers - the extra time will be well worth it if you’re serious about the opportunity!
Practice digital interviews - it can feel unnatural and nerve racking speaking to yourself during the interview process so spending some time beforehand to practice can help you get comfortable in front of the camera and ease your nerves so you can focus on being you and showcasing why you are the perfect candidate! Research some general interview questions, plan out some answers and practice responding to these questions on a digital interview platform!
Follow your interests & passions - you will be taking part in your apprenticeship for a number of years and it’s not always going to be easy, so going into an industry that you have a genuine interest and passion for will make the journey enjoyable and keep you motivated after a long day. If you are unsure where your interests and passions lie, we suggest trying to get as much experience as possible in different environments and industries as you never know what you might really end up loving!
Network - take every work experience opportunity that comes your way, whether it’s virtual or in-person. Attending different events, listening to different speakers about their background, their experiences can be really helpful to gain advice and tips on the apprenticeship you may want to apply for, and how to apply to get seen! Through these events you will meet other like minded individuals who can also support your apprenticeship journey, or might know of an opportunity that is perfect for you - say yes to every opportunity! This also helps to build your connections with other apprentices, recruiters and students in the same position as you who can support and help with your journey.
Take part in extracurricular activities - this shows to employers that you have a genuine interest and passion for your desired subject and can set you apart from other applicants. It also showcases your transferable skills such as time management and people skills. Some examples of extra curricular activities include work experience events, volunteering, courses you have taken part in and sports. These are also great topics that you can talk about in your interviews, particularly while you’re building your experience!
Thank you for taking the time to read our post and we wish you the best of luck with whatever option you choose in your future - be sure to also share with us if you have any tips that have helped you! See you next week with another post!