City : Apprenticeships and Traineeships : Applying for an Apprenticeship
How to apply for an Apprenticeship/Traineeship
The best place to start searching for opportunities is to go to the government website. There are 1,000s of apprenticeships across Berkshire and you can find out more on how to apply to each of them on the fourth floor of this building.
Registration is free and only takes a couple of minutes.
Grab your CV, a pen and paper and get started!
For help with any CV or Application issues, head over to the CV Factory or Interview Stage.
The majority of opportunities come through the NAS website, so that should be the first place you go to. Listed below are some other places where you might be able to find opportunities:
- JobCentre Plus: Your Job Centre advisor may be able to give you advice and support in your application
- Local College of School Teachers and Careers Advisers: If you are in education there should be a careers adviser in your institution who can help you. They will advise you on your options and support you in the application process and through the interview. Your school or college may also have links with an apprenticeship provider so it is always worth checking
- Directly contacting employers: If you know somewhere that you would like to do an apprenticeship with but can't find an advert for a placement, then don't worry! You can always contact them directly and ask if they would take you on. This will involve contacting a high up member of staff and sending them a CV and Cover Letter or speaking to them directly. The key here is to show how enthusiastic and passionate you are about their company. They will be impressed that you took the initiative to go to them and ask!
Completing your application form
An application form for an apprenticeship/ is likely to ask you 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 learned from it
- Strengths: What are your strengths? When filling this in think about the apprenticeship you are applying for and what they want from an employee
- 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
- 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 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. You can also use the online spell checker in our progress tracker. (Remember that 1/3 applications that are rejected by employers are rejected because of bad spelling).
If you are lucky enough to get an interview then head over to the Interview Stage for tips and tricks on how to be successful at interview.
How to apply for a Traineeship
IF that you’ve determined that a Traineeship could be the right route for you, there are three options available:
- Register for Traineeship opportunities which will be advertised on the Apprenticeships vacancies free online service.
- Contact your local college or training provider to see if they are offering Traineeship opportunities. A list of providers who are eligible to deliver Traineeships is available here.
- If you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your individual Jobcentre Plus adviser.