City : Apprenticeships Prow : How to Make the Most of an Apprenticeship
Why make the most of an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical skills and useful knowlege that results in a professional qualification. If you put lots of effort in to learning those skills, you'll be able to work successfully in your future career.
Your apprenticeship as it could lead to a full-time job with your apprenticeship employer. If you can prove that you're interested in your skill, a good learner, and dedicated, your employer may be interested in taking you on in a job role. Even if they don't have any jobs available after you finish your apprenticeship, showing them your key skills will mean they're likely to give you a shinning reference for future careers.
How do I make the most of it?
Always ask for help: If you are struggling to understand your job or any of the information that goes along with it make sure to ask your employer! An apprenticeship is built to help you learn skills to a high quality so don't feel bad if you don't get it right away - you're here to learn and get better!
Take opportunities where you can: If you're asked to help out with something you've never done before it might be daunting but it will be fantastic experience! The more you try now, the more you'll know for your future career. Similarly, if you get an extra opportunity to do something more complex or difficult, it's an amazing experience to talk about in future interviews.
Don't miss out: If you've been out of work or training for a while or struggle with motivation, suddenly having to be somewhere every week day might be difficult. But it's important not to miss out on your training unless you're unwell. The more you miss out on the harder it will be to catch-up, and what you don't learn now, you can't take with you in to your future career.
We know it can be difficult and scary starting something completely new, but if you keep at it, one day YOU will be the expert!
The benefits of an apprenticeship...
Things to check...
Before you start
- Where do you need to get to when you arrive on your first day?
- How are you going to get there and what time will you need to leave to get there on-time? Always leave some extra time in case there is traffic or a delay on the train!
- Do you need to bring anything on your first day?
- Do you have the phone number of your manager or reception so you can call if there is a problem getting there?
- Have you given your mobile number to someone in the office so that they can contact you?
- Do you have to wear anything specific on day one; is there a uniform, if so where will you get it and do you need to pick it up beforehand? (P.S. If there is no uniform then go clean and smartly dressed!)
During the apprenticeship
- Make sure you're always punctual, arrive on-time and warn people if you are going to be late.
- Try and be enthusiastic - smile and enjoy the experience.
- Be polite and friendly to everyone that you work with.
- Remember to turn off your mobile phone (or at least put it on silent) and don’t answer it while you’re at work!
- Be sure to check whether there are any bank holidays or days your training provider will be shut.