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How to make your apprenticeship application stand out from the crowd

Here are our top tips to help you apply for an apprenticeship:

  • Read the apprenticeship advert thoroughly before applying. Have a good read through the job advert and either print it off and circle all of the ‘buzz’ words or write them all down so that you have a checklist of the kinds of words that you should include in the ‘About You’ section of the application form. Buzz word examples below

  • Make a list of your experiences, hobbies, and interests. Print it off and keep it in front of you while you apply. If you get stuck, you can refer to it throughout your application. You need to compare and match your experience with what the employer and training provider are looking for in their job specification

 

  • Make sure you tailor your application to the job you’re applying for. Tie in your experiences and hobbies with what you’ll be doing in the apprenticeship. For example, if you’re applying for an apprenticeship in engineering, talk about relevant projects you’ve worked on in science or maths

 

  • You need to be able to write about yourself. If you’re stuck, ask teachers, friends, and family to list your three top qualities to give you a starting point.

 

  • Talk about your skills and qualities, not just your hobbies. For example, if you’ve been the captain of the school football team, this shows leadership and teamwork skills. Think about what you write and what it says about you. For example:

  • Always use examples. You’ll need to provide examples to prove what you’re talking about. For example, if you say communication is a strength of yours, have evidence – like being on the school debating team – to back this up. Be careful about over-embellishing or ‘making things up’ as you don’t want to get caught out and be asked about it at interview and not be able to talk about it honestly

 

  • Don’t just spellcheck your application – get someone to read through it before you send it. Good spelling, punctuation, and grammar are extremely important to an employer and will help to make you stand out.

 

For information on how to start your apprenticeship search click on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-write-a-winning-apprenticeship-application

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