Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 71
Words: Claire Lavelle. Photography: Getty Images
APPRENTICESHIPS TAKE BETWEEN ONE AND FIVE
YEARS TO COMPLETE AND HAVE EQUIVALENT
EDUCATIONAL LEVELS, AS OUTLINED BELOW
example, for higher and degreelevel apprenticeships, employers
will generally ask for A-levels or
other Level 3 qualiﬁcations.
Your current qualiﬁcations will
dictate the level of apprenticeship
at which you'll start, but some
apprenticeships allow you to work
your way up through the higher
and degree levels, depending on
the career sector they're in.
There are three stages to applying
for an apprenticeship. First, and most
4, 5, 6 and 7
6 and 7
importantly, decide in which area
you want to ﬁnd an apprenticeship.
There are thousands of vacancies
spanning a broad range of industries,
so think about areas of work you
feel passionate about and have an
interest in, as well as the subjects you
enjoyed and did well in at school.
HOW TO STAND OUT
Competition for apprenticeships
- especially within high proﬁle or
prestigious organisations - can be
ﬁerce. If you can, volunteer or get
work experience in the area in which
you're interested before applying,
so you can add it to your CV and
show potential employers you're
committed to that career path.
Make sure all relevant qualiﬁcations,
skills, previous employment or
courses are near the top of your CV,
demonstrating the value you'll add to the
organisation. Remember, it's about what
you can oﬀer to potential employers,
rather than the other way around!
Thoroughly proofread your
application, and ideally ask someone
else to look over it, too - it's
amazing what fresh eyes will pick
up. When you're 100 per cent happy
it's polished and professional, hit
send - welcome to the ﬁrst day
of your professional career!
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