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Tips and Advice

Read up on our top-tips to help you onto the fast track to success!

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Tip 1: Be Focused

Before beginning the process of applying for an apprenticeship, take some time to consider where it is you want to be. Your role will involve developing a wide range of skills and knowledge, however having a sense of direction will help both in the initial stages with your interview and when carrying out training with your employer.

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Tip 2: Your CV and Cover Letter

Perfecting your CV and cover letter is incredibly important when it comes to your apprenticeship application. As employers receive a great deal of interest every day, making your personal attributes stand out is key in helping you progress to the next step. 

Though there isn’t a winning template when it comes to creating your CV, tailoring the design to suit your particular profession of interest, rather than just using a basic black and white format, is likely to work in your favour. Our handy How to Secure an Apprenticeship booklet provides useful templates for both your CV and covering letter. 

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Tip 3: Do Your Research

When it comes to application and interview preparation, make sure you carry out research about your potential future employer. This will allow you to answer any questions they may have at ease and give you further confidence when sharing your knowledge on the company.  

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Tip 4: The Interview Process

Application and research out of the way, the next hurdle is the actual interview. The interview will consist of a discussion between you and an employer to find out if you would be suited to the job role. It is the perfect opportunity to sell yourself! 

Be sure to plan your outfit and anything you need to bring with you well in advance, so you feel both calm and well prepared. The way you present yourself can be just as significant as your skills and knowledge, so make sure you come across confident and approachable. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions when the opportunity arises, this helps you seem confident and excited about the role on offer. 

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Read our handy guide

Take a look at our guide, How To Secure An Apprenticeship, for more information about starting your dream apprenticeship.

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