Whether you’re taking those first steps in your working life, or whether you’ve been working for a while, the thought of landing one of the most prestigious apprenticeships in the United Kingdom is very tempting.
The competition for places at the companies that offer the very best apprenticeships can be fierce, and there may well be hundreds of people applying for those positions. But, with the right nurturing and guidance, you can vastly increase your chances of being invited for interview and then going on to secure that dream position.
Your first step in applying for apprenticeships is to find a reliable and informative website that has a comprehensive list of the very latest and very best apprenticeships in the United Kingdom, and guess what?
You’re already here…
Identifying your dream apprenticeship
Now that you’ve found the most informative website, the next step is to identify the type of apprenticeship you’d love to land. Click on our ‘Find Apprenticeships’ section to discover the wide range of professions that you can choose to be a part of, and identify the one you’d most like to be involved in. Then, read on through the rest of this guide.
Preparing to apply for your apprenticeship
The key to success when applying for apprenticeships isn’t that you have a massive bundle of qualifications. Sure, your time well spent at school or college gaining valuable certificates will stand you in good stead, but when a potential employer reads your application they want to see that you’ve read through their website to see what they are all about, they want to read applications that demonstrate that you are genuinely interested in their company, and they want to read all about how you are the type of person that matches their values.
So, after identifying that dream apprenticeship and then reading all about the company that wants you to be their future, what comes next?
Applying for your apprenticeship
So you’re full of knowledge about the company and the apprenticeship you want to target. The next step is the process of preparing a CV. Here at apprentice.tv we have direct knowledge of the best way to target companies and if you sign up to our regular updates and bulletins, you’ll get a constant stream of information coming your way.
That information includes preparing the perfect cover letters and CV’s to grab the attention of employers offering the best apprenticeship schemes in the UK; apprenticeships that can offer company sponsored college and university education.
Being invited for interview
This is the point where you really don’t want to let yourself down. You’ve made it this far by following good advice and knowing what your potential employer is all about, but there are another couple of hurdles.
It’s quite common at this stage to be invited for pre-testing just prior to the final interview, and there’ll be a few people who drop out at the testing stage. Psychometric testing is the new fad with companies seeking the best apprentices, and it would be astute to do some research on what this is. It’s normally a series of mathematical and information gathering tests designed to help companies find candidates who are logical and methodical. But, with enough practice, most people can cruise through them. So get practicing before you get there, because big companies normally send out information on what type of testing they’ll be doing as part of your invitation.
Competency based interviews are the most common now being used across the United Kingdom, but don’t worry because it’s not all that difficult. Basically, employers are looking for you to tell a story so that they can build a picture of how well you communicate and what experiences you may have, whether that’s life experience or work experience. Here are a few examples:
Can you tell me about a time where you saw an unsafe act and you intervened to stop it?
Can you tell us about a time where you saw teamwork breaking down and you stepped in to lead your group?
Can you describe a time when somebody was being argumentative and how you resolved this?
So our advice to you as a budding apprentice with a massive future ahead of you is to think through questions like this before turning up so that you have a number of examples rehearsed.
Given enough nurturing and encouragement, you can be the next generation of apprentices in the United Kingdom, and that’s exactly what we want to see happening.