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Tips - Applying for an Apprenticeship

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Many Apprenticeships are in big demand so don't just assume that you'll definitely get the placement you're after. Here are some top tips to help you.

How to write a winning Apprenticeship Application

Concentrate on the application

Apprenticeship vacancies often attract high numbers of applicants. Your application needs to stand out – but for the right reasons. Before submitting any application, make sure that you check what you have written carefully. Sloppy mistakes like misspellings or poor punctuation will quickly mark you out, but for all the wrong reasons.

Include all your details

There is nothing more frustrating for an employer than receiving a promising application that does not include relevant contact details. Make sure that your phone number is on every application, and that it is stored on your profile on the National Apprenticeship Service website. This will help employers get in touch more quickly.

Be realistic

Although Apprenticeships are a great way of learning new things, vacancies will often require you to have a range of existing skills. Make sure that you are honest in your applications. If a vacancy is completely outside your skill set, it is probably not worth applying. Don’t panic – something suitable will turn up!

Sell yourself

Play on your strengths in your application. What is it that makes you unique? Why are you the best suited person to this role? Make sure you explain why you are interested in the role, and how you think you can contribute to the company.

Think about contact methods

Think about how an employer might contact you. If you are providing an email address, consider setting one up that is just your name. ‘Novelty’ email addresses look unprofessional and will cast your application in a poor light. Similarly, make sure that you have an appropriate message on your voicemail, and that you check it regularly.

Think about how you use social networking sites

Facebook, Twitter and other sites are not just used by you and your friends. Employers sometimes use social networking information to screen job applicants. Research shows that young people ages 16-24 are losing potential job offers because of comments or pictures on their online and social media profiles. Think about how you use these sites and who can access your profile. If you don't want to make your profile private you might want to edit your profile to ensure pictures and comments would be suitable for a prospective employer to see.

For more helpful hints and tips on applying for an Apprenticeship, download the 'How to write a winning Apprenticeship Application' factsheet.