Adam Bytheway became a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International after completing an apprenticeship with the company. Here, he offers his advice for young people who are looking to follow a similar path.
If there’s an industry that you would love to work in, but you don’t currently have the experience to secure a full-time role, an apprenticeship can offer the perfect way in. They typically allow you to learn on the job while studying the theoretical side of things in a classroom, and you’ll usually pick up all the necessary qualifications along the way.
However, completing an apprenticeship doesn’t always mean you’ll walk straight into a full-time job. There may be a limited number of roles available, which means you’ll have to prove your worth and show why you’re more suitable for the job than everyone else you’re training with. Here, I’m going to share my top tips that will help you ensure your apprenticeship leads to a full-time job. Read on to find out more.
Jump at any chance to gain additional experience
If you want to be able to walk straight into a full-time job once you come to the end of your apprenticeship, you’re going to have to impress the people you’re working with. And, if you’re a member of an apprenticeship cohort but know there will only be a limited number of jobs up for grabs at the end of your training, you’re going to have to stand out from the crowd.
One of the best ways to show your passion and enthusiasm is by taking any opportunity to pick up new skills. As part of your apprenticeship programme, there will be tasks and lessons that everyone is given so, if you can pull away from everyone else by learning more than just the basics, you’ll be on to a winner.
Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions when you’re on the job or in the classroom. And, if the opportunity to spend some time working in a related department comes up, jump at it. The more skills and knowledge you pick up during your training, the more employable you’ll be at the end.
Make contacts along the way
While the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” doesn’t ring completely true, networking during your apprenticeship is incredibly important. The more people you meet and build professional relationships with, the more job prospects you’re likely to have when you’ve completed your training.
Whenever you meet someone new from the industry you’re looking to work in, it’s vital that you make a good impression. Always act professionally, be polite, and ask questions to show that you’re keen. It’s also well worth keeping in touch with anyone who’s helped you in your journey as an apprentice — drop them the occasional email to let them know how you’re doing, and make sure you ask how they’re getting on to show your interest — you never know who might spot a job opportunity and recommend you.
Always show enthusiasm
Apprenticeships aren’t easy: you’ll have a lot to learn, a lot of work to do, and a range of tests you need to pass. But, it’s important that you keep your enthusiasm up throughout. When you join the workforce, you’ll be expected to work well in difficult and high-pressured situations. So, it’s important that you show you can keep a level head, complete your work to a high standard, and still be passionate about the work you’re doing when you’ve got a lot on your plate.
If you’re always in good spirits and ready to take on whatever job that comes up, people are going to want to work with you. And, that’s what’s going to help you get a full-time job after completing your apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships can offer a fantastic leg-up into full-time work, but simply completing your training won’t always be enough to guarantee you a job. If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of securing a role at the end of your apprenticeship, it’s vital that you’re always looking for opportunities to gain additional experience, stay in touch with the people you meet, and always show you’re enthusiastic about the work. Making a special effort to show you’re reliable and easy to work with will give you a huge advantage.