BLOG: Succeeding in an Apprenticeship
So, you’ve got yourself an apprenticeship! Congratulations! Apprenticeships are a great way to get onto the career ladder and learn and earn at the same time. But how can you make sure your apprenticeship is a success?
Here is some advice on how you can get the most out of your apprenticeship:
- Ask questions
As apprenticeships use the learning and earning format, ask as many questions as possible. You are there to learn as much as you can, and you will also seem enthusiastic and eager to learn.
- Get a balance between studying and work
Apprenticeships are typically 4 days with an employer and 1 day at college. Depending on what type of apprenticeship you do, you may find that you have college work to do out of work and studying hours. It’s important to balance out studying, work and your home life!
Throughout your time as an apprentice the chances are you will meet lots of different people. Whether they are your colleagues, managers, clients or services you use regularly, they are all good contacts to have. Also making friends will make your work life more enjoyable.
- Listen to Advice
There will be lots of advice available from lots of different people during your apprenticeship. A lot of it will be useful, so make sure to listen to it!
- The Apprenticeship Wage
Depending on the type of apprenticeship you do, the apprenticeship wage is lower than the national minimum wage. This is something to be aware of when it comes to things you have to pay for and also balancing your work and social life.
- Positive attitude
Showing you’re enthusiastic and excited about the apprenticeship (hopefully this will come naturally) will be appreciated by your managers and colleagues.
- Offer to make tea
One of the best and easiest ways to integrate into the team is to offer to make hot drinks for your colleagues.
- Be aware you might be doing small jobs at first
It’s important to remember you won’t be going straight into doing bigger jobs and at first you may be doing less desirable tasks. Eventually you will move onto bigger tasks that require more responsibility.
You can read more about life as an apprentice on the Face Forward blog!