Top 5 Tips on How to Maximise Your Apprenticeship Opportunity

1. Be positive and enthusiastic
By being motivated and enthusiastic about the role you are doing, will encourage people to be more inclined to teach you additional skills and learn more tips of the trade

2. Be punctual
Being punctual will make a good impression on your employer and will enable you to maximise the time available with your employer

3. Be motivated
If you have completed the task you have been given, tell your employer that you have finished, and ask for more work to do.

4. Good communication
The best way to ensure a great working relationship with your employer is to communicate, if you are unable to complete a given task, if you have a problem, if something happens, tell your employer. By being open and honest and giving your employer as much notice as possible, will enable them to plan accordingly or to rectify any issues.

5. Be open to change
The world of work constantly changes so be open to change, your role will probably evolve as you develop new skills and understanding of your sector. This will enable you to broaden your knowledge and understanding and improve your career prospects in the future.

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School