Advice for getting started with an apprenticeship

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The opportunity to earn while you learn and get a foot in the door at a top employer through an apprenticeship is an increasingly popular option for those finishing school. EEF trains hundreds of engineering apprentices each year at our multi-million-pound training centres in Aston. We work directly with top manufacturers to recruit and train their apprentices with the right qualifications and up-to-date equipment they’ll be using in the workplace.

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Find vacancies

The first step is to find apprenticeship vacancies to apply for. EEF has a database that is constantly updated with new apprenticeship offerings each week. Currently, we have a wide mix of companies with over 40 to choose from across the UK in every industry from automotive to aerospace to food. We recruit for every level of apprentice, including advanced and higher level apprenticeships. 

Here are a few tips when you’re applying:

  • Be honest to yourself about what it is you are looking for and read the job description carefully; only apply to jobs and companies you’d really want to interview and work for
  • Check the location of the job role, is it a suitable location; don’t forget that it is likely that you will be starting work at 8.00
  • Make sure you your application is relevant to the job: read the job description think how your experience and interests relate to the role and how you will convey that through your responses
  • Don’t leave the application until the last minute.  It always a good idea to get someone to read over the application.  First impression count, it doesn’t not look good if you have spelling mistakes in the application.

 

Prepare for interview day

Applying for an apprenticeship inevitably means an interviewing and assessment day. We’ve written in the past about how to prepare for your assessment day, but here are a few ideas:

  • It is important that you look keen and enthusiastic, a lot of this is shown through body language. Sit up straight, make eye contact and listen to the interviewer.
  • The interviewer is likely to ask you about your hobbies and interests, consider these before attending and how these relate to the job role and training.
  • The interviewer will almost always provide you with an opportunity to ask questions, it is a good idea to have some questions ready. If the interviewer has already answer your questions don’t ask them as this shows you were not listening
  • It is likely that an assessment day will include an interview, group activity, company presentation and tour.
  • Group activity - this will be a build project. It is important that take an active part in the group. They will be looking for someone who remains engaged throughout the activity. Clear communication is key and the ability to listen to other team members.
  • Company presentation - this is a good opportunity to find out more about the company and their apprenticeship. It is important to look interested in the presentation, don’t be afraid to ask questions, this shows that you are keen.

Don’t forget the EEF Apprentice Recruitment team are here to help. Just give us a call and we’d be happy to help you find an apprenticeship that’s the right fit for you and your future career.

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