A Guide to Finding & Applying for an Apprenticeship

More and more young people are deciding to opt for an apprenticeship over university or higher education. However, many people overlook apprenticeships even though they can be a great way for young people to kick start their career.

Those who enjoy a varied learning experience would suit an apprenticeship. Every scheme involves learning as well as on the job training, which is a perfect way for students to earn whilst learning; another plus is no student loan or debt.

Did you know there are over 200 different types of apprenticeships in the UK? These can last between one and four years and range from nursing, designing and computing to all different variations of engineering. Apprenticeships aim to teach you the skills that are beneficial to employers in the industry, helping to make you more employable in the future.

Find

It’s vital to research your own strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes to ensure you make the right choice as to what industry to enter. This will also help with employability factors and those who are hiring will appreciate the effort you have gone through in choosing an industry right for you.

Some apprenticeship schemes require different entry requirements. You can find apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service on the GOV website. Many people also choose to approach companies directly to ask about opportunities. Depending on the industry you’re interested in, there are some companies that provide work-based learning opportunities, like us at GET.

The right apprenticeship can often be difficult to find. It’s important you don’t settle for one just because you’re worried about the lack of other opportunities. Make sure the apprenticeship scheme feels right.

Apply

Once you’ve researched and found the perfect apprenticeship, you’ll need to sell yourself via your CV and cover letter. We’d advise focusing on the following areas of your CV to stand out to potential employers:

Personal Info- Include details of your social life and any contact details of where to find you, including social media. More and more employers are searching for potential employees via Facebook, Twitter and the likes of, just make sure there’s nothing too alarming and easily available!

Structure- Many potential employers will only spend a matter of seconds looking at your CV. We’d advise using short sentences or bullet points to make the important things stand out.

Cover Letter- Did you know many people don’t supply a cover letter with their CV? A lot of employers will skip straight past a CV without one, so it’s important to put effort into it. Tell the employer why you should work for them and why you’re interested in working with the company.

If you’re looking for an apprenticeship in engineering, we can help. Here at GET, we offer a range of apprenticeships in mechanical, electrical, maintenance, welding and fabrication engineering. For more information, you can check out our current vacancies here, or get in touch via our contact page or by giving us a call on 01452 423461.