When looking to gain an Apprenticeship, the first step of your journey will be to complete an application form. The general purpose of an application form is to inform the employer or Training Provider of your interest before progressing onto the next stages of the recruitment process. The standard Apprenticeship application form will ask questions to ensure that you are eligible and passionate about the role you are applying for.
Remember, your application form is going to be the first point of contact with your employer or Training Provider, so it is really important that you make a positive first impression.
We recommend that before you complete your application form you should prepare all your information that may be required. Below are some things you may need:
- Your National Insurance Number
- Up to date contact details
- Education history (School, College, Sixth Form name, Date you started and finished)
- Your qualifications and grades (GCSE/A Level/BTEC/Functional Skills)
- Your previous work experience and employment history (Company Name, Date you started and duration of employment)
We also recommend that you research the company and job role that you are applying for. Carrying out research shows that you are using your own initiative and that you are knowledgeable on what you are applying for. Think about researching the following points, a good place to start is the company’s website:
- When the company established
- The sector they operate in
- How large the company is, and how many employees they have.
- Key parts of the job role (Responsibilities, duties and skills or experience needed)
When it comes to completing the application form, remember to take your time. Some application forms can be long-winded and take a while to complete, however it is vital that you pay good attention to detail and fill out the form to the best of your ability. If you are completing the application on paper, keep in mind that your handwriting needs to be clear and legible. Some applications may also request for it to be completed in Black ink or Capital letters so remember to follow these instructions.
One thing to keep in mind is that honesty is the best policy. If you are dishonest on your application, the employer or recruiter will eventually find out. A common mistake that people make is being dishonest about how qualified they are for the role. In some cases, people will enhance the truth about their experience and skills to deceive the employer into thinking they are a better candidate. Doing this can often have a worse effect than being under qualified. This will also portray you in a negative way and will break the trust between you and the employer – in most cases this ends with the applicant not getting the job.
Accuracy is also extremely important. Before submitting your application, ensure that you have checked all the details twice. Make sure you look for common mistakes like spelling, grammar and ensure that all of the details you have provided are correct. If the recruiter notices that you have made minor mistakes, this may reflect the employers knowledge on your ability to complete the role to a high standard. Being accurate also shows that you are organized and can pay good attention to detail, these skills are really valuable to have.
The application process may also require you to attach further documents such as a CV, so make sure you do this before you submit.
Once you have submitted your application, we recommend keeping an eye out for phone calls or E-Mails from the recruiter. Depending on how many applications the recruiter has received, you should expect a call to discuss your application where you will be informed about the next steps. Keep in mind that if you are not successful, it isn’t the end of the world! Applying for jobs is a great experience and if you have the opportunity, ask the recruiter for feedback on why you weren’t successful this time so you know how to improve in the future.
We wish you the best of luck! If you need any support completing an application form, call our team on 0121 333 3001.
You can also submit an application form for our programmes here.