City : Apprenticeships Prow : Applying for an Apprenticeship
An application form for an Apprenticeship is likely to ask you for information on some or all of the following areas:
- About you: This is likely to be general information asking how to contact you, who you are and where you are from
- Education: They are likely to ask where you have previously been to school and what your GCSE results are. Be honest, if you lie about your grades they will find out!
- Work Experience: Talk about any previous experience you've had and what you've learnt from it. If you haven’t had any work experience then tell the them other ways you have learnt your skills. For example, team work – perhaps you learnt this through a project at school or college or within a local community group.
- Strengths: What are your strengths? When filling this in think about the Apprenticeship you are applying for and what strengths they would want from an employee. To find out about your strengths you could try an aptitude test – there are many tests for free online or try the link in the progress tracker of this building!
- Personal Skills: Do you have any special skills that will make you stand out as a candidate? If so, putting them here will help your application. To find out about your personal skills you could try an aptitude test – there are many tests for free online or try the link in the progress tracker of this building!
- References: Make sure you ask your referees in advance if they can give you a reference so that they have time to prepare a reference. This could be anyone from a former or current teacher to a previous employer. Pick someone you think will give you a good reference
When you are filling in the application form you should make sure that it is personalised to the company you are applying to. Make sure you use a search engine such as Google to look into the company that you are applying to. Watch any YouTube videos that are online from previous apprentices and ask around on forums. Here are some things to think about while you are preparing your application:
- What does the company do?
- Why do you want the job? Why do you want to work in that industry?
- What are they looking for in a candidate?
Once you've written your first draft get someone to check it. Whether it’s someone you know who will be able to point out any mistakes, or someone in the Apprenticeship Team at your college or training provider. You can even use the online spell checker in our progress tracker. Remember that 1 out of 3 applications that are rejected by employers are rejected because of bad spelling.
If you produce a great application and you get an interview - head over to the Interview Park for tips and tricks on how to be successful at interview.