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APPRENTICESHIP: It’s an important decision, and getting it right will kick-start your career. If you think an apprenticeship might be right for you, no matter what career path you want to follow, you need to do your research.
- What is the apprenticeship and job role – does it fit what you’re looking for?
- Find out about the employer – is it the type of company you want to work for?
- Find out about the training provider, college, or university where you could be studying.
- What qualifications, subjects, and grades are they looking for?
- What essential and desirable skills and experience do they ask for, and what qualities are they are looking for in applicants?
- For you, what are the three most and least positive aspects of this apprenticeship or job opportunity?
Interested in an apprenticeship but not sure what you want to do? Get to know the different industries offering apprenticeships, from marketing to architecture and business management to engineering.
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FINDING THE RIGHT APPRENTICE EMPLOYER
Research the following:
- Their website – if they ask “Have you looked at our website?” in an interview, you want to answer “Yes.” Try to get a sense of who they are, and what their priorities are
- Progression opportunities – what happens after your apprenticeship? Is there scope to progress?
- Apprentice scheme staff – if you can find out who runs the apprenticeship scheme, try and find out more about them. Consider even contacting them to get your questions answered
- Former apprentices – see if you can find out what previous years apprentice graduates have gone on to do. Does that appeal to you?
- Location – Does the job require you to work in different locations, or would you need to move away from home?