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Application anxiety? Follow these simple steps for a stress-free apprenticeship application process

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Maybe you’ve noticed – we’ve got a lot of amazing apprenticeship vacancies waiting for applications by anyone from school leavers to young people in college to someone looking for a career chance. So what does it take to get selected? Here’s a quick guide to the application process and how to ensure your application stands out:

1.       Apply

  • Click ‘Apply now’ next to your desired vacancy to go to the application portal; here you’ll create a log-in so you can save your progress and continue working on your application another day, at your leisure
  • An important part of the application is demonstrating your passion for engineering; highlight any hobbies you have or courses you’ve taken at school or college that showcase this
  • Make sure you address any experience or academic qualifications you have that relates to the particular job description
  • Make sure you give yourself enough time (typically between 1.5 and 2 hours) to complete the application thoroughly

2.       Take the tests

  • You’ll take a couple of tests covering basic engineering on material you would have come across in school as well as basic maths, English and ICT skills
  • Have a pen, paper and calculator at the ready
  • Find a quiet space to complete your tests

3.       Submit

  • Do one last check for spelling, grammar and typos (maybe even getting a parent or friend do a proof read) – carelessness does have an impact on how your application is viewed
  • If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the EEF’s Technology Training Centre; we’re here to help
  • If you can, submit your application earlier rather than later to give the review team a chance to alert you to any easy fixes or small mistakes so you can correct and resubmit before the deadline


Apprenticeships are increasingly valued ways to earn while you learn and achieve a wide variety of technical and academic qualifications. While there is competition for spots, we’re sure we can find the right spot for you. Give our apprentice recruitment team a call or email, and they can help you find the right spot for your interests, location and experience.


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