Starting work as an apprentice

You may have heard your friends, teachers or careers advisers talk about apprenticeships.

Working and getting paid while gaining a professional qualification sounds tempting, right? So how do you get an apprenticeship, and what do you need to consider before you apply for one? Our experts are here to give you the lowdown!

In this short film, our experts explain the pros and cons of doing an apprenticeship.

Is an apprenticeship right for you?

  • A wide range of businesses offer apprenticeships, from hair salons to digital agencies
  • The web is a good place to start researching the right apprenticeship for you
  • But not all are advertised, so it’s important to have a good network. Doing work experience and talking to people in local businesses are great ways of finding out about opportunities
  • Much like applying for a job, getting an apprenticeship can be quite competitive, so take the application process seriously to increase your chance of succeeding
  • If you get turned down, don’t panic and keep applying! Ask for feedback so you know how to improve your applications
  • As well as your qualifications and previous experience, so-called ‘soft skills’ are also very important to employers. Example of soft skills include: communication skills, being able to work in a team and independently, the ability to do project work. Basic English and Maths skills are important too.
  • As well as giving you on-the-job experience and a wage, an apprenticeship will increase your awareness of the work environment and of the field you work in
  • But be aware that you are aligning yourself to a particular career, which could limit your options later on
  • Take the decision to do an apprenticeship seriously: you’ll be in a working environment, and will be expected to work and behave to certain standards.
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