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5 Things To Consider When Applying For An Apprenticeship

By Lauren @BubbleJobs

Here at Bubble, we’ve been championing apprenticeships for a while now. We’ve already covered what a digital apprenticeship is, and what employers need to consider when hiring one, but what about how to apply for one?

If you’re leaving school or college this summer, chances are you’ll be weighing up some options, and may have come across apprenticeships.

Now, apprenticeships aren’t the easiest things in the world to get your head around, but what’s most important is knowing how to apply for them and how to make yourself stand out from the crowd – which is where we come in!

We’ve put together five key things to remember when applying for an apprenticeship – things to make sure you have the best possible chance of getting that apprenticeship!

1) Detail, Detail, Detail

When you apply for your apprenticeship, you’ll be given a form to fill in by the training provider. When you get this, it’s important to fill in all the boxes and include as much detail as possible.

Remember, when you’re 16 or 18, you probably haven’t had a lot of commercial experience, so it’s a good idea to make the most of what you have done and focus on the key skills learned and developed.

2) Tailor Your Application

If you’re applying for more than one apprenticeship, it’s all too easy to just use the same answers for every application, but this is the worst thing you can do!

Employers will be able to tell straight away who has thought about their application and who hasn’t, so make sure you check out the job specification and tailor your application to it, highlighting your relevant skills and experience.

3) Check Your Grammar

When you’re applying for lots of positions, it’s easy to forget about your spelling and grammar, and that’s when silly little mistakes creep in and these are the types of things that can put employers off hiring you.

Ask a friend or family member to check over your application for mistakes. Remember: you want to give yourself the best possible chance of getting this apprenticeship, so poor grammar isn’t going to help!

4) Be Selective

While it can be tempting to apply for every single apprenticeship that’s close to you, it’s pointless applying for roles that you don’t have any interest/relevant skills in.

Choose your apprenticeships carefully, and be realistic when you’re applying for them. You don’t want to be wasting valuable application time on roles that you know you’re never going to get.

5) Be Unique

Employers sift through lots of applications on a regular basis, and most of the time they’re generic, boring applications that never make it to the interview stage.

Make sure yours is the one that catches their eye by including what makes you unique. Whether that be an interesting hobby (relevant to the job of course!), some work experience you’ve had, or even a project you worked on in school. Whatever it is, make the most of it in your application to interest the employer.


So there we go, some helpful tips on what to consider when applying for an apprenticeship! Do you agree with the points, or have you had experiences of applying for apprenticeships and want to share your own tips?

Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs! 🙂


  1. jass

    I’am in the end of the year 11, I’am new from Italy and I moved in uk and I can’t speak English very well and I was so confused about what to do next year because I don’t know so much about the school process in uk but after I read this paragraph I decide to do Apprenticeship. Thnxxxxxx guys xxx

    1. bubble

      Really happy to hear that Jass! Good luck applying for apprenticeships and if you need anymore advice don’t be afraid to drop us a message 🙂

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