Becoming an apprentice is not always hard to do. But, it can be if you don’t plan for the days ahead.
So here are a few quick steps you can try to follow to help you find a suitable apprenticeship and to help you avoid some of the mishaps.
1. The “Find an apprenticeship service” website.
A powerful website that allows you to search for current apprenticeships. It has many refinement tools so you can find the apprenticeship based on you and your skills. It also allows you to search categories of qualification, level and distance from home. Useful for finding out if your future placement is going to be local or miles out.
2. Recommendations from relatives
Hearing of a vacancy from family members or friends can be good. They might give good feedback on the current company they work for. You could then use this information to help you find a suitable company to work for.
3. Do your research
Knowing about the company and what they are all about can give you a confidence boost when going for the interview. Know the types of service they provide and most certainly, know of the working conditions they allow employees to work and do business in. Know the people around you. Research if they even provide apprenticeships. This would eliminate and further refine your options of placement.
4. Do some long-term thinking. Long, term thinking…
Let’s start from the very beginning, the bit where you’re at your computer, laptop or tablet or if it’s in bed then probably your phone. But before everything that you are going to consider or have considered. Stop and imagine if you would still be interested in this whole thing let’s say in twelve to eighteen months’ time. Also, this is an apprenticeship wage! So, you won’t be earning masses amount of money especially if you start on a lower level what you’re really aiming for is the qualification you are getting out of it at the end. I know, its small. But what you’re really aiming for is the big.
So, my advice would be to budget your spending’s and monthly/weekly outgoings. This is not a job role that is going to support the big bills. Only do an apprenticeship if you know that you are going to be financially stable in the long run and have thought about it thoroughly.
Jake Goddard, Business Administration apprentice at City College Peterborough
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