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We have lots of resources to help you find out everything you need to know about Traineeships, Apprenticeships, types of industries and job roles available to you. All designed to help you make the right choices for the future. We’ve also included some hints about how to land your dream job. And tips about making an impression when you start work. You can discover more on our blog, video library and events calendar, too.

Be prepared. Make an impression

Moving from school or college into the world of work can feel like a huge leap. It doesn’t have to be. With some simple preparation before your interview or starting in your new role, you can begin on this new journey with confidence to do well.

Interview tips

Interviews can seem daunting, but they’re the industry standard way for employers to get to know you and discover what you can do for their business. Use this opportunity to really make an impression. With the tips below, you can ensure that you have all the tools you need to get your dream job.

  1. Know the company – Check out the company’s website and Facebook page before your interview to get an idea about your potential new employer. You’ll look prepared and enthusiastic. Plus it’s a great way to earn extra brownie points!
  2. Turn the tables – In case you’re asked if you have any questions, prepare some before the interview. Ask about the company and the people, but steer away from questions about pay. This will be decided when you have been offered the job.
  3. PUNCTUALITY! PUNCTUALITY! PUNCTUALITY! – Making sure that you’re ten minutes early to your interview shows the company that you’re eager and organised. It’ll also give you time to take in your surroundings, so that you’re calm when you’re called in to your interview.
  4. Know your journey – Make sure you know the way to your interview as getting lost or being late doesn’t look good. Try making a trial run the day before the interview so you know the route, how long it will take and where you can park if you’re driving.
  5. Dress to impress – First impressions count. Dressing smart will also give you the confidence to be professional and showcase your talents.
  6. Confidence is key – eye contact and lots of smiles will show the interview you’re feeling comfortable. Stay calm and try not to talk too fast or waffle. Think ‘quality not quantity’ when it comes to your answers.
  7. Sell Yourself! – Speak clearly and use positive words to describe yourself. Use each question as an opportunity to talk about your strengths and achievements. An employer wants to know the real you. Make sure you sell your personality as well as your talents.

Advice for the workplace

Making the jump from school or college to full-time work should be exciting, not intimidating. Here are some useful tips to ensure that your first day and every day afterwards go off without a hitch.

  1. Be an Early Bird – It’s always important to get to work on time every day. Get a good night’s sleep and set your alarm to give yourself enough time to get dressed, eat breakfast and get to work. Arriving at work early will show you’re enthusiastic about your job and give you that extra time you need to plan your day.
  2. Give things a go – If you’re up for a challenge and willing to try new things, your employer is more likely to give you more responsibility. It’s better to try and fail than to not try at all.
  3. Be positive – Keeping positive and feeling confident in your abilities will always help you at work. Showing a positive attitude to tasks given to you will show your boss you are able and willing.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask – If you have a problem, your employer will always prefer you to ask for help. Talking things through and clearing issues up will help you understand and show that you’re confident to raise your thoughts.
  5. Looking Good – Richard Denny states, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. Looking smart and dressing appropriately for your type of work will get you noticed. It’ll also make you feel confident and ready for the work day ahead of you.
  6. Talk the talk – Whether you’re speaking to customers or colleagues, it’s important to speak clearly and confidently to get your point across. Stay professional and stay away from bad language and slang.

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A traineeship is a short-term training programme, aimed at getting you ‘work ready’. They’re designed to give you basic training in English and Maths. And valuable work experience too. They help to build your CV and to gain confidence so you’re ready to find the apprenticeship you want.

An apprenticeship is a real job. You'll be working alongside experienced people, supporting them and learning from them as you go. Working at least 30 hours a week, you’ll gain most of the training you need in the workplace. But you may also go to a college, training provider, training centre or learn online to gain vital skills and qualifications.

You don’t need to worry about funding your training; the employer and the government cover the cost.

Traineeships are short term and are about building your skills and gaining work experience and are usually un-paid. For an apprenticeship working hours are around 30 per week and you will get paid an hourly wage. Wages vary depending on the level and type of apprenticeship, but must be at least the minimum apprenticeship wage. In some job roles your wage may increase as you progress and take on more responsibility. You will also get the same benefits as an employee including a holiday allowance.

There are 6 apprenticeship qualification levels. Intermediate Level 2, Advanced Level 3, Higher Level 4, 5 & 6.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the level, sector and job. Check out the vacancy details for more specific entry requirements.

If you have a degree you can still apply for an apprenticeship, but you will not be eligible for any funding which means your employer will have to pay for your training. Some apprenticeships, such as higher apprenticeships require mature learners, so look out for these.

Unfortunately to be eligible for any apprenticeship funding you must have lived in the UK for 3 years.

An apprenticeship is a work-based qualification. Training and assessment can vary depending on the training provider. Some training may be completed on-site, or in a training centre. Some providers even offer online distance learning. Throughout your training you will need to build an apprenticeship portfolio as evidence of your training and work experience. Technical certificates will usually require a theory or practical assessment. Check out the training provider profile pages for more specific information on training.

Apprenticeship training varies across the different sectors, but they take on average 12 to18 months to complete. You must be committed to completing the whole programme. Once you have completed your first qualification you may then wish to progress to the next level apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you are just like any other employees in the business and are entitled to the same basic benefits, such as holiday pay. You should get at least 20 days paid holiday plus Bank Holidays.

Yes, training is part of your apprenticeship and there will be some days where you may need to take a day away from work for training with your provider.

If you still have a question that hasn’t be answered or you just require further advise fill in the contact us form. If you need help registering or with the system take a look at the GetMyFirstJob Frequently Asked Questions to see if we can answer your question.

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