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Apprenticeships Exchange

The National Apprenticeship service offers great advice on how to apply for an apprenticeship. Click here to see their printable guide.


An application form for an apprenticeship is likely to ask you information on some or all of the following areas:

  • About you: This is likely to be general information asking how to contact you, who you are and where you are from
  • Education: They are likely to ask where you have previously been to school and what your GCSE results are. Be honest, if you lie about your grades they will find out!
  • Work Experience: Talk about any previous experience you've had and what you've learned from it
  • Strengths: What are your strengths? When filling this in think about the apprenticeship you are applying for and what they want from an employee
  • Personal Skills: Do you have any special skills that will make you stand out as a candidate? If so, putting them here will help your application
  • References: Make sure you ask your referees in advance if they can give you a reference so that they have time to prepare a reference. This could be anyone from a former or current teacher to a previous employer. Pick someone you think will give you a good reference

When you are filling in the application form you should make sure that it is personalised to the company you are applying to. Make sure you use Google to look into the company that you are applying to. Watch any YouTube videos that are online from previous apprentices and ask around on forums. Here are some things to think about while you are preparing your application:

  • What does the company do?
  • Why do you want the job? Why do you want to work in that industry?
  • What are they looking for in a candidate?

Once you've written your first draft get someone to check it. You can also use the online spell checker in our progress tracker. (Remember that 1/3 application that are rejected by employers are rejected because of bad spelling).

Have you already been applying for Apprenticeships yet havent been successful yet?  Please get in touch with us for support.  We can provide you with 1-2-1 support from specialists to help with your application.  Drop a line to e-mail

If you are lucky enough to get an interview then head over to the Interview Stage for tips and tricks on how to be successful at interview.

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