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The Apprenticeship Application Process: 6 Step Guide For Success

If you’ve just finished school or college, you’re likely to be thinking about your next steps. If you’re considering an apprenticeship then first things first, you’ll need to gain an understanding of the application process. Check out our infographic below to discover the typical process and what you should expect. 

Step 1: The Application Form

Most employers will ask you to fill out an application form as part of your apprenticeship application. This can vary depending on the employer but you will typically be asked the following: your personal details including name, contact number and email address, your education and previous work experience (if you have any). 

You might also need to answer questions about why you would like to work for this particular employer, what your strengths and weaknesses are too as well as further information. 

Step 2: The CV

The CV is a great way for you to showcase your skills, work experience and qualifications. It helps the employer to get to know you a little better. 

Although you may not have had a job previously, you could have committed to a work experience programme. However, remember that it’s not essential for an apprenticeship but will certainly help you to stand out from the crowd and employers love it!

Find out more about perfecting your CV.

Step 3: Cover Letter

Your cover letter accompanies your CV when you’re applying for an apprenticeship and needs to do three important things. 

Firstly, it needs to act as your introduction to the recruiter or employer. Secondly, it needs to help you begin building rapport with them. Finally, it needs to encourage them to read on and open your CV.

Find out more about Apprenticeship Cover Letters.

Step 4: Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests help the employer to see if you’re the right fit for the job. They help you to identify your skills, knowledge and personality.

Step 5: Interview

You’ve made it to the interview stage, well done! Now it’s time to shine in your interview. This could take place online, over the phone or in person. 

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Step 6: Assessment Day

An assessment day is a combination of tasks and different activities that will test how suitable you are to the job. You will be joined by other candidates too so employers can compare your qualities, abilities and performance. 

Good luck with your application!

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