There is a lot of talk about the future right now. With the GCSE and A Level results finally disclosed, you can feel the tremors of concerned and excited advice on the air. Some young people are considering further or higher education. Others are considering an apprenticeship.
And why not?
Learn valuable skills by getting involved with your ideal industry. The appeal is obvious, especially if you don’t feel suited to wiling your week away in a classroom. For some people learning on the job is preferable to college or university.
If you are seriously considering an apprenticeship, there are some things you should know first.
With any luck, you have already crafted an attractive CV and it’s sitting on the employer’s desk waiting for them to be wowed. Yet, it won’t be the only CV they have received. There is a throng of other applicants who want a place on their apprenticeship. Quite often it isn’t the CV that sells the applicant.
They want to know something more personal about the applicant.
There is nothing stopping a prospective employer from checking you out on social media. They aren’t looking for reasons not to hire you. However, it might be time to go through your timeline and audit the posts associated with your account. Saige Driver’s article Keep it Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity will give you some great pointers.
It may seem like a good idea at the time but writing a simple copy and paste application is a bad idea. Not every employer is the same. They might provide similar services, or make comparable products; but they are not the same.
The information you need is right there in the job specification.
When considering an apprenticeship, you must show that you are considering the company. If you want them to invest in your future, then you must show an interest in them. Tailor your application to each company by researching their core values first.
It might seem obvious, but your clothes are a pivotal part of the first impression you will make. As comfortable as your t-shirt and jeans might be, rocking up to an interview in them is probably a bad idea. Dress for the job you want.
Don’t go with the attitude that you are only considering an apprenticeship and not a job as the CEO of Microsoft. Dress smart. A tie is probably not necessary, but if you are unsure then err on the side of formal.
If you are considering an apprenticeship as a builder or electrician, it’s worth remembering one thing. By taking this step towards your career, you haven’t sidestepped other functional abilities. You will still need literary and numerical skills.
If you struggle with these, it’s best to be honest about it early. Give your training provider the opportunity to organise any additional support you may need.
You aren’t expected to know everything. Both employers and training providers are prepared for that.
Whether you are on your own as an apprentice, or in a small group, ask questions. It helps nobody if you cannot understand what is being said. You don’t want to sound stupid. That’s understandable. But if you don’t ask questions you may look even dafter later. Or worse, do something that puts yourself or someone else in danger.
If you are still considering an apprenticeship, then best of luck to you. Make sure you research a wide range of training providers and employers. Bear in mind, that once you start this, you will be working almost full time, with fewer breaks than school afforded you. An apprenticeship is hard work, so you must be prepared for that.
If you would like any further advice on apprenticeships, please contact us here at PTS Training Academy. We will be glad to provide you with further information.
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