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Choosing an Apprenticeship

The chance to excel

learn a skilled trade from a master craftsman. This can vary from anything from professional cookery to business administration and will enable you to learn to become an expert too.

Earn while you learn

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with theoretical learning and also offer to the opportunity to be paid at the same time.

Real life work experience

An apprenticeship allows you to obtain real life work experience and training whilst benefiting from the completion of a nationally recognized qualification

Transferrable skills

During your training you will pick up numerous skills which will make you more attractive to you current and future prospective employers. Examples of these include teamwork, managing your own professional development and health and safety awareness

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Registering and applying for apprenticeships

All apprenticeships in the UK are advertised on the Vacancy Matching Service (VMS), which is run by the National Apprenticeship Service.

In order to apply for a vacancy on the VMS you will need to register on the system. In addition a number of employers (for example ITV) advertise on the VMS but recruit via their own website. In this case you will be re-directed to the appropriate website to apply for the vacancy. It is also very useful to keep and eye on twitter as we promote all of our vacancies on @Straight_A and a number are also posted via @Apprenticeships.

Top hints and tips for filling in application forms.

Complete the form in as much detail as possible. The more information that you put onto the form the more likely that your personality will show through and the employer will get to start to know the real you. However, that’s not to say that quality is better than quantity, every sentence you write should illustrate to the employer why you would be an asset to their organisation and your willingness to become an apprentice.

Be realistic when deciding which jobs to apply for by checking that you possess the skills and personal attributes required. Also consider if the location of the workplace is feasible for you to travel to and also the working hours / schedule

Do not create one generic application and copy and paste this into each vacancy. Each position varies and it is very to easy to tell ŵhen candidates have copy and pasted. Instead, make sure to make each application individual, research the company that you are applying for and make sure include some information about the company in your application to demonstrate your knowledge

Complete a thorough spell and grammar check prior to submission. This is imperative as it shows a good level of written communication and attention to detail. Common mistakes are using a lower case when writing the word ‘i’ and spelling organisation with a ‘z’.

Stand out from the crowd! For some positions we attract up to 150 applications, so make sure that your application sets you apart from ev eryone else. Provide specific examples of the projects, activities and people with which you’ve been involved. Try to avoid talking too vaguely around them. Think about how your skills and experience relate to the job. Don’t worry if you haven’t got specific broadcast or technical skills, think about how you can demonstrate the same skills in different situations, which might be study or leisure activities.

 
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Interviews

Congratulations for getting to the interview stage! Whilst it is a great achievement to make it to this stage in order to be successful in obtaining the apprenticeship role it is imperative to follow these steps:

 
 

Review your application and the job specification and think about what questions they might ask you

 
 

Dress smartly, look bright and attentive and speak clearly and confidently. In the first few minutes of an interview only 7% of an interviewer’s opinion is formed by what you say, the rest is judged on how you look, act and sound

 
 

Look up the location of the interview so you know how to get there and how long it will take. Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled slot in order to show enthusiasm and timeliness

 
 

Prepare answers for the main questions – for example why do you want the job, what are your strengths and weaknesses, why do you want to do an apprenticeship

 
 

Make sure that all of your mobile devices are switched off

 
 

Preparations Assessment centres

 
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The Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship is made up of 5 different components aimed to test and teach a well rounded number of skills:

1. Competency Qualification

The ‘doing’ part. This part of an Apprenticeship is hands on and tests that you can do what is required from the role you work in.

2. Technical Qualification

The theory part. This part teaches you the essential theory behind your job role.

3. Functional Skills

This ensures that every successful candidate has a qualification in English, Maths and ICT at the equivalent of GCSE standard.

 

4, Employer Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

This teaches every apprentice areas such as the statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law, health and safety and equality and diversity procedures and documentation for their organisation.

5. Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

This teaches every apprentice areas such as the statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law, health and safety and equality and diversity procedures and documentation for their organisation.

 
The Straight A Approach

The Straight A Approach

All of Straight A's Apprenticeships are delivered as work based learning. Once signed up you will be allocated a tutor, who will come to see you in your workplace twice a month. You will also receive an e-portfolio so you can upload your assignments and complete work on-line.

 

85%

of all Apprentices stayed in employment after completing their course

 

99%

of all Apprentices felt like they had been given more responsibility in their job*

 

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