What do employers look for in an ‘ideal’ apprentice?

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Being an apprentice can be very rewarding, and often there is the opportunity to stay on in the business once you’ve completed your course. However, in order to do this, you need to prove to your employer that you can be an asset to them. So…what do employers look for in an ‘ideal’ apprentice?

Enthusiasm

Impress your employer by being enthusiastic about the industry and company you’re working for! The best way to achieve this is by ensuring you go for a position in a company you feel passionate and excited about. Make sure you do some research about the sector so that you have a good understanding about your competitors and the challenges faced by your employer.

Express this passion to your employer and wow them with what you’ve learned from a bit of research – taking time out of you routine to learn about the company you’re in will benefit you in the future.  Would you want to keep on an apprentice who knew nothing about your company?

Willingness to work hard

Employers will not expect apprentices to have any previous experience in a working environment, or within their sector. If you come across as eager to learn and put your head down when they give you a challenge, – this will demonstrate that you’re hard working and employers will be more likely to give you further training to expand your skillset.

Punctuality

Make sure you’re on time to work in the morning, back from lunch in time and early for meetings, will show your respect for the business and other people’s time. Being consistently punctual is something employers really values in their staff.

Spelling and grammar

Ensure that you’re using correct grammar and spelling when sending out documents, emails, letters or even social media posts– improper use can make you look unprofessional. Use a free online grammar checker if you’re unsure to check any documents before you send them.

Proactivity

Employers want to see their apprentices actively getting on with work, without having to be guided through the process every day. However, they also want you to be assertive enough to ask for help when you need it, and to ask for more work when you’re not as busy.

Show employers that you can be self-managing and that they can trust you to get tasks done when they’re not around; these are also qualities of a great employee.

Using your initiative

If you’re struggling to understand something and no one is around to help you, try to use you initiative. We live in an age where information on every topic can be found on Google. With access to self-help pages and tutorials; you have the ability to teach yourself new things and think on your feet.

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