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Insider Tips from our Apprenticeship Team!


Embarking on an apprenticeship journey can be both exciting and daunting. With countless questions swirling in your mind, guidance from our professionals can make all the difference. That's why we sat down with Sharna, a member of our excellent Apprenticeship Team, to glean some expert insights into the world of apprenticeships. 


1. How can I find apprenticeship vacancies?

We have a wide range of apprenticeship vacancies, all available on our website here, and the Find an Apprenticeship service, through the government website. 


2. When can I apply for an apprenticeship, and do I apply for a vacancy or an apprenticeship role

You can apply for an apprenticeship when you find a suitable position, however, please be mindful of the start date as if you are currently at school/college, you will need to find an apprenticeship that starts after you have finished. You will apply for the qualification and the job role at the same time, this will all be stated in the vacancy when you apply. 


3. What qualifications or skills do employers generally look for in apprenticeship candidates? 

Employers are looking for you to have strong communication Skills, adaptability and flexibility, problem-solving skills, teamwork and collaboration and good time management. Employers generally look for you to have a 4/C grade or above in maths and English, when applying for apprenticeship positions, depending on the apprenticeship you are applying for, you may be required to have other qualifications. Grade requirements are stated on the apprenticeship vacancy when you apply.  


4. How do I write the most effective CV – can I access any support? 

The Apprenticeship Team can offer CV support to ensure it’s up to the best standard for when you apply for apprenticeships. Your CV should be tailored to the apprenticeship that you’re applying for, you should keep it to one to two pages, add your qualifications and work experience, use clear and consistent section headings, pick a professional font, and choose a suitable font size.  


5. What strategies can I use to stand out during the application process, whether that be in my CV, in interviews or assessment centres? 

Do your research, show your creativity, start by doing the job already and try and get some work experience, don’t underestimate transferable skills! 


6. What steps can I take to prepare for interviews or apprenticeship assessments? 

  • Research the apprenticeship and the organisation.  
  • Practice by doing a mock interview.  
  • Check where and when the interview is.  
  • Get to the interview early.  
  • Dress appropriately and stay focused.  
  • Ask questions if you don't understand. 


7. How important is networking in securing an apprenticeship, and what are some effective networking strategies? 

Networking is important to find out valuable information, job opportunities that are available and access careers advice. Attending as many events as you can such as, college open days, job fairs and careers days will give you a better chance of finding an apprenticeship. 


8. What support do you offer to apprenticeship candidates? 

We offer 1 to 1 IAG (information, advice and guidance, CV support, interview and assessment centre tips, application support and general apprenticeship advice. You can contact us on 01934 411 594, apprenticeships@weston.ac.uk, to access this. 


9. Is there anything else you would like to add? 

  • Perseverance is key – don’t give up!  
  • The average person will interview for x3 apprenticeships before finding the right one  
  • Learn from rejection – ask for feedback – how did you do?  
  • Set yourself some achievement goals  
  • Be flexible – your starting point may lead you to your dream job 


Embarking on an apprenticeship journey is not merely about securing a job; it's about unlocking a world of opportunities for growth and development. With the right guidance and mindset, the path to your dream career becomes clearer than ever. 


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