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Six tips for writing a great apprenticeship application

Clarion Housing

So, you’ve found the perfect apprenticeship opportunity with an employer you’d love to work for. The next step is to get your application shortlisted so you can be invited for an interview. Discover our top tips to get your application on the interview shortlist.

1. Answer questions accurately and in detail

For example, if one of the application questions asks you to explain why you think you’re suitable for the apprenticeship you need to give a comprehensive answer that includes examples about how your skillset matches the job requirements.

2. Complete the form in as much detail as possible

This will allow the employer to get to know you better. However, that’s not to say that quantity is better than quality – every sentence you write should show the employer why you would be an asset to their organisation and your willingness to become an apprentice.

Pre-apprenticeship FastTrack courses

Our short pre-employment FastTrack course equips you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to succeed at interview. Run in collaboration with some of our employer organisations, the course includes a job shadow with the recruiting team, so you get to experience the actual work environment, meet the team and find out about the company and the apprenticeship opportunity. The course is run in conjunction with live opportunities and is available to all shortlisted candidates. The FastTrack programme is also run for all apprenticeship opportunities at Clarion.

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3. Make your application specific to the apprenticeship

Don’t be tempted to copy and paste the same answers for every application. Each position varies and it’s easy to tell when you’ve copied information without giving it much thought. Instead, do some research on the company you’re applying to and make each application individual. Make sure you include information about the company in your application to show you’ve done your research.

4. Apply for a position appropriate for you

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

5. Pay attention to detail and review your application form

Complete a thorough spelling and grammar check prior to submission. This is imperative as it shows a good level of written communication and attention to detail.

6. Stand out from the crowd

Some positions can attract up to 150 applications, so make sure your application sets you apart from everyone else. Think about how your skills and experience relate to the job and provide specific examples of projects, activities and people you’ve been involved with.