Are you looking to gain an apprenticeship? Take a look at our top tips for securing your apprenticeship opportunity


Do your research, find out as much as you can about the apprenticeship you want to apply for. You need to be convinced that this is the role you want – nobody wants to work in career that they don’t enjoy, so make sure you are making the right decision!

Research the car dealerships and garages you have in your local area.

Tailor your CV

Employers hiring apprentices straight from education do not expect a vast employment history to be listed on your CV. Instead you need to focus on your strengths, try not to over embellish your abilities and knowledge, be honest and think about how you can clearly demonstrate your skills and willingness to learn.

Core competencies you should include are:

  • Listening Skills
  • Problem solving
  • Reliability
  • A willingness to learn
  • Passion

You maybe able to demonstrate these through work experience you have completed, teams or clubs you have been a part of or the grades you have achieved.

You can find more information on CV writing in our article here.

Or from our employability week webinars here

Prepare for interviews

If you have been successful in gaining an interview make sure you fully prepare! Take a look at our employability video on Interview techniques and our article here.

Be resilient

You may not be successful at your first interview so you must be resilient. Do not lose site in your career dream and the reason why you want an apprenticeship in this field. If you are struggling, take a look at our article on mental toughness.


Remember what a great opportunity an apprenticeship is, it not only gets you qualified but you earn while you learn and it’s a fantastic first step on your career ladder.

Please contact the careers team for any advice or support you may need.

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