Becoming an apprentice offers many benefits to help progress your career in a chosen sector.
This blog showcases top tips for becoming an apprentice in Chesterfield from local training and apprenticeship providers. Apprentice providers work with employers and apprentices to deliver beneficial training and support to develop their skills and work experience.
1. Research the apprenticeship you are thinking of doing
Katy Baker, Head of Quality and Curriculum at Essential Site Skills explained:
“You want to work in a career that you enjoy, so take some time to research the apprenticeships available and ensure that it’s something you will enjoy. There are plenty of resources online to find the ideal on-the-job training path that interests you. Speak to the National Careers Service who will support you on making decisions on learning and working towards your career goals.”
2. Take advantage of free services offered to help you find your perfect apprenticeship
Tom Fearn, Recruitment Manager at Apprentice Team, advised:
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help to find an apprenticeship vacancy. The majority of training providers can offer a complimentary recruitment service, taking in consideration your personal needs, future career plans and locality.”
3. Be proactive and approach employers yourself
Tom Malpass, Business Development Manager – Apprenticeships at Buxton and Leek College, said:
“There might not always be an immediate vacancy for you on a recruitment page. Be pro-active and approach employers yourself if you can. This shows you are motivated, committed and engaging. It also means you can specifically target employers you are geographically able to get to.”
4. Find out as much as you can about the firm before applying for the apprenticeship
Harry Ogilby, Management Trainee at Fortem, suggested:
“You should find out as much as you can about the firm before applying for the apprenticeship – this gives you the opportunity to ask questions in the interview. This will show the employer, that you are willing to go above what’s required and it makes a good first impression.”
5. Be prepared to commit time and effort into your apprenticeship
Anne Wright, Managing Director at Workpays, explains:
“Be prepared to commit time and effort to learning and developing your knowledge, skills, and behaviour. Stick with it even when you may have difficult days or not understand something. Make lots of notes and keep a diary of all activity, this will help you build your portfolio.”
6. Do your research and consider the practicalities of the apprenticeship
James Lund, Head of Business and Development at Chesterfield College Group, provided us with his top tip:
“Do your research: Take a good look at the type of opportunities available and what is involved in each one. The range of tasks you do day to day could vary depending on the company you do your apprenticeship with. You might be more suited to working in one role than the other. There are also practicalities to consider such as how will you travel to work each day and how you will travel to college if you need to attend for day release? An apprenticeship provider like Chesterfield College will help you to work out what is the best fit for you.”
7. Traineeships help you gain valuable skills and explore the career path before committing to an apprenticeship
Coral Guard, Marketing Manager & Digital Marketing Trainer at GBS Apprenticeships, explained:
“A traineeship programme is a beneficial way for 16-18 year old’s to gain valuable industry skills that prepare them for a career path that best suits their talents and desires. Not only is it a great way to boost a CV, and stand out from the crowd, but there is also the opportunity to jump onboard with a business for work experience for two weeks.
Free short courses are a great way to learn more about an industry, such as our Skills Bootcamp courses (for anyone aged 19+), which are fantastic for expanding your knowledge and skills of the industry you’re interested in, to see if it’s the correct career path for you, before committing to an apprenticeship. Plus, you’ll gain certifications which you can use to boost your CV.”
8. Investigate the role, employer and industry before applying for an apprenticeship
Peter Roberts, Digital Marketing Assistant at DBC Training, advised:
“Do your research! Before applying for an apprenticeship, you should investigate three main areas; the role, the employer and the industry. It’s essential that you research the company before you apply. Firstly, you should find out how long the company has been around and the products and services they offer. You should also have a good idea of the markets/industries they are in and who their competitors are.”
9. Remember the employer needs to showcase why they are the right employer for you
Roy Barton, Academy Manager at One to One Training, said:
“There has rarely been a better time to look at the options for someone looking for work and an apprenticeship so I would advise any prospective apprentice to consider all the options, don’t rush to sign up with the first employer that comes along and remember that, when it comes to interviews, they need to sell themselves to you – as much as you want to show why you feel you are the right person for them, it is worth reminding yourself that they also need to show why they are the right employer for you.”
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