Apprenticeships are growing in popularity as a genuine choice for many students completing their Level 3 studies. However, students applying for apprenticeships can often seem overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin their search. Module 1 saw students at Wilmington Academy focus on their futures beyond Post 16. With this in mind, on Wednesday 20th September Year 13 students participated in a workshop organised by the LAT Engagement Team and provided by Peter Cobrin (www.employmentpathways.org.uk).
Peter and the students looked at what an apprenticeship was, the role of training providers and the purpose of a CV. Students explored their personal aspirations, steps that they could take to get their ideal job role, and also how to tailor their CVs to the job they are applying for.
Key takeaways for students were:
What is an apprenticeship?
Peter Cobrin from Employment Pathways, http://www.employmentpathways.org.uk discussed with the students their ideas of what an apprenticeship is, with the consensus being ‘a job with training, that gives you a qualification and pays you while you learn’.
Peter explained about Training Providers and how they work, and how the students access them. He emphasised the need for the students to know the sector they wanted to work in and to research the providers that could help them, and gave them company names and websites that could help. He suggested, to the students, that they could phone training providers and talk to them about their courses, their current apprentices, and apprenticeships they have on offer. The students felt this was a good way of finding out about the apprenticeship provider.
The students discussed, with Peter, the careers they were interested in, with some examples being … accountant, mechanic, police officer, electrician, car technician, events manager.
Getting the job you want
Peter discussed, with the students, how they could stand out from the crowd with their CV and how applying for an apprenticeship is no different to applying for any other job. He emphasised how their CV was an extended version of ‘Who I am’ and how they had to sell themselves. The key to this is knowing yourself well and, following Peter’s lead, several students talked about themselves.
Peter’s top tips for introducing yourself on your CV and during an interview included:
- what makes you tick?
- be self aware
- what enthuses you?
- what have you done in your life that will make you stand out and the interviewer choose you?
- research the company interviewing you
- ask questions to show you have done your research
At the end of the session, student comments included:
“During the CV discussions, I learnt quite a lot and will be modifying my CV now.” Sanjay
“Not writing notes meant I could listen carefully and not miss anything – Peter is very charismatic.” Roheet