Apprenticeships can be daunting: meeting new people, first time working experiences, responsibilities – it’s enough to worry anyone. But, if you really want to make the most of it, the best thing for you to do is stand out. Not only will this make you unforgettable, it could be the thing that secures you a job at the end of it. Here are some ways you could make yourself successfully stand out to your employer:

1. Be enthusiastic

Make sure that the apprenticeships you’re applying for are in roles or sectors that you find interesting. Passion is an important thing when it comes to motivation and the more you have, the better you’ll be at your job.

2. Be willing to learn

Ask lots of questions and be ready to learn and take on new responsibilities all the time. You’ll be in a team of people with a wealth of experience and knowledge – use them. They’ll love your initiative and will be more than willing to teach you what they know.

3. Remember, qualifications aren’t everything

Businesses know that the majority of young people applying for apprenticeships have no real work experience, they expect this. They can train you in all of their processes and systems, but what they can’t give you is passion and drive for the role you’re doing. If you have this, then they’ll be willing to give you a chance.

4. Know your value

Understand what you have to offer a business, whether it’s amazing tech knowledge, customer service skills or a thirst for knowledge that keeps everyone on their toes. Whatever it is, make sure you embrace it in everything you do so that you can prove your worth to your employers.

5. Get involved

If your business has a social group or a committee, you should definitely get involved. This will give you an opportunity to meet new people and learn about the way the business operates. Having connections in the business is an extremely valuable resource, which can help you further your career.

6. Understand why you’re doing an apprenticeship

Make sure that you’re doing your apprenticeship for the right reasons; money and the desire to leave school might not be enough to ensure you truly benefit from your course. Speak to a training adviser to get advice on which course is right for you before you sign up!

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