As I’m sure most of you know, the UCAS deadline for university applications is this Sunday 15th January! However, some of you might have chosen not to apply, or you might be thinking of applying for both the university and apprenticeship routes. If this is the case, it’s now time to start your apprenticeship applications! Lots of companies have started to open their application processes ready for this summer’s intake, so here are some top tips to keep in mind whilst completing your forms.
1. Include all relevant contact details
Make sure to include all relevant information about yourself, including your full name, address, contact number and email address. Make sure that your email address is something professional like just your name, as you want to make sure that you can make a good impression from the outset. Also, ensure that your voicemail is an appropriate message and that you check it regularly.
2. Do your research and tailor your application
Research the company thoroughly and make it clear that you are interested in them specifically. Don’t send the same application out to lots of companies – employers will be able to easily spot when you’ve done a generic application and they then simply won’t consider you. Check out the company’s values and relevant news and use these to show how you are a suitable and credible candidate.
3. Show your skills
Make it clear how your skills match what the company is looking for. Think about including examples which show how you’ve used those skills in similar environments before, as this will help you to appear knowledgeable and suitable for the role.
4. Check, check and check again!
Finally, make sure you read and re-read your application over multiple times before sending it! If you can, get a teacher or parent to check it over too to spot any spelling or grammar mistakes, as employers will be less likely to consider you if your application is full of errors. Printing it out and reading it on paper will make it easier to spot mistakes.
The good news is, apprenticeship applications are far more straightforward than the UCAS process and if you follow these tips, you’ll have no problem in getting them done well! Please reach out to us if you need any additional guidance – we are always here to help!