How to find the perfect Apprenticeship
Andy Sumner, Managing Director, Monster.co.uk
This week it's National Apprenticeship Week and the UK is celebrating the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Apprenticeships offer people the opportunity to learn new skills and gain qualifications while working. However, it’s important to know how to find the perfect apprenticeship which will allow you to reach your full potential. Here are my five top tips to help you on your way:
- Recognise the range. There are now thousands of apprenticeship roles across a wide range of industries from engineering to veterinary nursing. Therefore you can really think about what industry you want to work in before choosing the apprenticeship you’re best suited to. Whether it’s the first stepping stone to a career, or an opportunity to upskill, make sure it’s aligned to your career goals.
- Open to all. It’s an ongoing misconception that apprenticeships are only available to young people looking for an alternative to further education. In fact, you can do an apprenticeship at any point in your career, not just at the beginning. As we’ve said, there are thousands of opportunities so never believe that the door is closed.
- Go for it! There are many reasons why you should do an apprenticeship and the benefits vary depending on what you go for. Not only do you get the chance to earn a salary while you learn, but sometimes there are opportunities to work alongside a mentor. Often there are also excellent progression opportunities after the course. If you do your research around the benefits of each course, you won’t be disappointed.
- Look around. Once you’ve decided to do an apprenticeship, the next burning question is where you should look for one. A good place to start are job boards – at Monster we have over 1,000 apprenticeship vacancies available for you to browse whenever you want to. Don’t rush into making a decision; remember the wide variety available to you.
What to do. Applying for an apprenticeship is extremely similar to applying for a job. To start with you’ll usually have to fill in an application form or send a CV and cover letter to the company you’re applying to. If they like what they see, they’ll most likely invite you for a face to face interview, telephone interview or assessment day.
Alternatively, upload your CV now and get found by employers looking for apprentice's like you!