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Choosing an apprenticeship – how to decide

Thinking about your career progression? Chances are that you might be considering an apprenticeship but not sure how to go about it. These aren’t easy decisions to make so it’s important that you give it careful thought to make sure that it’s the right career path for you. In this blog, we provide some top tips on how to choose the right apprenticeship and the training to embark on a rewarding career path.

Is it right for you?

To start with, you have to be sure that an apprenticeship is the right avenue for you. Remember, not only is it a full-time job but you’ll be typically be spending part of the week at college, studying and learning your trade. It takes dedication and determination, which is why you must be fully committed. You have to weigh up the pros and cons, as you don’t want to take the leap only to find that it’s not what you expected. But the rewards are worth it.

What do you want from a job?

Think about what you want out of a job. For example, do you enjoy being around people or do you prefer to be on your own more? Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Would you prefer working in an office or being out on the road? Do you like the thought of shift work and weekends or do you prefer a 9-5 Monday to Friday? These are some of the things to consider. Ask for the opinion of your family and close friends, they might suggest a career you may not have even contemplated.

Grab a piece of paper and start to write things down. This is part of the groundwork you need to do before formally applying for an apprenticeship. Make notes about your hobbies and what interests you. What skills and qualifications do you have that will give you an advantage? Don’t forget to include interpersonal skills too, so for example communication, problem solving and teamwork. Be sure to include any relevant experience from previous jobs.

Research, research, research

This brings us to our next point, which is vital. Do your research. There are many resources available online, such as careers guides, to help you learn more about career paths. If you know someone already working in the industry, pick up the phone or arrange to meet them. They may have completed an apprenticeship and so will be ideally placed to advise. Tap into your network, talk to people and do your own investigation.

As part of your research, call a training provider and arrange a visit or meeting to ask any questions you may have. Check out some jobs in the areas you’re thinking of working in, look at their careers sites online and don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask about their apprenticeships. You’ll really be surprised at how willing people are to help. Remember as well that there are recruiters able to advise you – they’ll know what businesses are looking for in your area – and they may even point you in a direction you hadn’t thought of before that offers fantastic opportunities! Make sure you leave no stone unturned – the more informed you are, the better.

Once you’ve done all of the above, you’ll be in a far better position to make the right decision. You should also be feeling more confident and relaxed. All that’s left now is to apply. This is a job application like any other, so check your spelling and get someone to double check if you’re unsure. Read all the instructions carefully. Once you get an interview, you’ll be well prepared to land that apprenticeship training and start on your new career path!

5 steps to securing an apprenticeship

As well as providing apprenticeship training solutions to help individuals gain and hone the skills and qualifications they need to succeed and progress in their careers, Staffing Match recruitment specialists can also help you to find your next temporary or permanent role across our three main industry sectors: Industrial, Aviation and Driving.

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