If you are looking to do an apprenticeship, there is a lot for you to think about. On this page we have some advice and tips about how to go about looking for apprenticeships and what that can involve.
Making the decision
To start with you need to make sure that doing an apprenticeship is right for you. Also, be clear about the type of apprenticeship you want to do. There are a huge amount of apprenticeships available in many different industries. Look at information about apprenticeships and the different types that are available, we have some information on our site, but there is a whole host of information on other sites such as:
National Apprenticeship Service – www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
Not Going to Uni – www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
National Careers Service – www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
The internet is a great resource for you to find out more about apprenticeships, but you can also ask your tutors, teachers and careers advisors about apprenticeship to help you make your decision.
Have a look at all the available apprenticeships to start trying to narrow your options. Think about what you enjoy doing and what your interests are. Hopefully an apprenticeship will lead to a long successful career in the industry of your choice, so it is important to choose an area that you are really interested in and think you will enjoy doing for a long time.
Once you have narrowed down the area you would like to work in it may be worth talking to someone who is already working in that industry. This will give you an idea about what that career is really like. Ask parents and friends as they may know someone who works in that area. Look into going to a careers event were you can get the chance to talk to young people already taking an apprenticeship so you can find out about what is involved.
When applying for apprenticeships make sure that you take your time and think about your answers to the questions asked. Make sure you include any experience and interests relevant to the job role you are applying for. Check your spelling and punctuation throughout your application and don’t use abbreviations and slang words.
Sell yourself and make sure you stand out from the crowd, include any paid or voluntary work you have done and try to communicate your strengths and what you can bring to the company.
Create an up to date CV even if you are filling out a online application form as this may be requested at a later date, make it informative and sell any experience or skills your may have.
Don’t forget that many apprenticeships are in high demand so make sure that you apply for more than one vacancy as you cannot guarantee that you will get the apprenticeship once you have applied for the role.
Once you have secured an interview you need to make sure that you prepare as much as you can to make a good impression with the employer, so they will want to hire you as their apprentice.
Make sure you look into the company, look at what they do and the products/services they sell. Pay attention to the company’s background and research into the role you are applying for to make sure you know about the responsibilities involved and expectations of the company. Think about the questions you may be asked at interview and how you would respond.
Preparation is key. Plan out the day of your interview and how long it will take for you to get there. Be confident, speak clearly and do not rush.
For more tips on interviews please click here to see our full list.
Looking for your own apprenticeship
If you cannot find any vacancies that you want to apply for in your area you can go out and find your own placement. To get you started we recommend that you look at any companies in your area which are relevant to the apprenticeship you want to do. Think about people you know that may work for a company in your sector of interest, or who could be interested in taking on an apprentice.
Make a list of potential employers that you would like to approach and their contact details. Think about the most effective way to contact each employer and what would work for you. Here are some suggestions.
Telephone – Be aware that companies get lots of phone calls every day, this approach is best if you know who is responsible for recruitment so you can make sure you are talking to the right person.
Post/email – This is a good way to make contact with large companies. The recruitment team may not be based in the location you are applying for, so post and email is the best way to get your application to the relevant person. Small companies may have more of their team based in the premise local to you, so this may not be the best way to contact them. If you are going to send an email or a letter, make sure you address the person you are contacting in a professional manner, using covering letters and appropriately addressed emails. It is not appropriate to send a blank email with your C.V. attached. You need to explain your reason for contacting the company.
In Person – Walking into a business and asking if they would be interested in employing you as an apprentice can be scary. But this can be a very effective way of contacting and making a lasting impression on the employer. If you are going to adopt this approach, make sure you dress smartly and take a copy of your C.V. to leave behind with the employer.
When you have decided which way you are going to contact each company on your list, you need to plan what information you would like to give to the company. If you are visiting a company take your CV along with information about apprenticeships and how to contact Remit if they are interested in taking you on as an apprentice. If you are sending information by post or email write a covering letter explaining why you would like to be their apprentice and attach your CV. If you are contacting the company by telephone make sure you have your CV handy and write out notes about what you would like to say to the company when you are talking to them.
Make sure to leave your details and take the details of the member of staff you have spoken to if they are interested in employing you as an apprentice. If they are busy when you visit them make sure you leave your CV and details for them to contact you when they are free.
If you have found an employer that would like to employ you as an apprentice, you will need to contact Remit and let us know the details of the company you will be working for. We will contact the employer to go over everything involved in employing an apprentice and arrange your training.
If you find your own employer and decide to use Remit for your training, you could earn yourself £50. This is subject to terms and conditions which you can view by clicking here.
If you would like to contact us and let us know about an apprenticeship position you have secured contact us on:
Phone: 0845 8399200
Don’t be put off if you are not successful
Do not be disheartened if you are not successful, go back to your original research and look at other businesses you could target. Try to think of ways to expand your search by looking at different companies or different areas.
Whichever way to look into apprenticeships there can be a lot of competition, if you are unsuccessful ask for feedback to see if there is anything that you can work on.
If you would like to register your details to find out about apprenticeships in your area please click here and fill out the online application form and someone from the Remit team will be in contact with you to discuss any relevant vacancies.