Help with finding & applying for an apprenticeship

The amount of young people who are opting for apprenticeships instead of university or higher education is continuously increasing. However, they are still being overlooked by many.

Apprenticeships are ideal for young people who enjoy varied learning. Each apprenticeship scheme involves learning, many students will have to attend college, as well as on the job training. Another positive to doing an apprenticeship scheme is that there is no need to apply for a student loan, and thus no student debt.

There’s certainly plenty of choice when it comes to apprenticeships. In fact, there’s over 200 different types of apprenticeship in the UK. The length of the apprenticeships varies between one and four years and range from nursing and computing to engineering and automotive. Apprenticeships are a great way to teach student the skills they need for their industry of choice, thus making them more employable in the future.

How to Find an Apprenticeship

Think about the kind of apprenticeship you would like to do. Remember that you will be doing this for at least one year and up to four years! Think about your own strengths and weaknesses and how this can relate to your apprenticeship scheme. Employers will appreciate the effort you have gone through to find an industry that works perfectly for you.

You will find that different apprenticeships will require different entry requirements. The National Apprenticeship Service is a great site to visit if you’re looking for some vacancies, though many people choose to approach companies directly. There are also some companies that provide work-based learning opportunities with employers, like us!

Don’t settle for the first apprenticeship you find or pick one because you are finding it difficult to find other opportunities.

How to Apply for an Apprenticeship

Once you’ve found the apprenticeship for you, you’ll need to apply with your CV and cover letter. This is the perfect place to show how you are the right person for the job. Your CV should stand out to your potential employer, so focus on the following areas:

Personal Information: Make sure to include details of your working and social life, as well as any contact details and where to find you on social media. You’d be surprised to know how many employers look at Facebook and Twitter before employing someone!

Structure: A lot of employers will not look at your CV for longer than a few seconds. Use short sentences or bullet points to make the important things easy to find.

Cover Letter: A cover letter is an important part of a job application, and one that many people decide to not supply. A lot of employers will quickly say ‘no’ to a candidate that doesn’t supply a cover letter. You should use it to tell the employer why you want to work for them and why they should choose you.

Would you like to do an apprenticeship in the automotive industry? We can help. We offer a range of apprenticeships including light vehicle technician and customer service. For more information, or to contact a member of the S&B team, get in touch today by calling us on 0117 953 3001 or via our contact page.