Top ten tips to gaining an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way of developing skills in related trades, whilst getting the hands on experience that employers are looking for.

Dave Hall, our Training Partnerships Director shares his top tips on how to land an apprenticeship which could hopefully be the foundation for a successful career within construction.

  1. Call into your local college to see if they do training courses in plastering, ask if you can see the department, they will be more than happy to show you around.
  2. If directed by a college, find out who your local CITB Apprenticeships Officer is, as they can provide information and guidance on an apprenticeship in Construction, tailored to your situation. 
  3. Set up job alerts. Recruitment websites offer the facility to receive emails when vacancies are posted. The same works for when apprenticeships are posted too.
  4. Use your local newspaper. In today’s digital world we often forget to look at things which have worked well for generations. Your local newspaper is likely to advertise weekly or monthly job adverts, keep an eye on it.
  5. Speak to other people you know who may have had apprenticeships or that know people who have. This may unearth opportunities you had not heard of, right at your fingertips.
  6. Be proactive. You don’t need to wait until a vacancy is advertised to look for an apprenticeship. By calling or writing to a company you can sometimes find the hidden opportunities. 
  7. Meet the criteria the apprenticeship is looking for and consider this before you apply. This could be skills based or more formal qualifications like G.C.S.Es.
  8. Check out the Go Construct website which offers insight into what it will be like to be an apprentice. Being prepared means you will do better when you attend college or workplace interviews.
  9. For plastering and drylining there are a variety of routes available, with apprenticeships taking anywhere between one and four years. Be prepared to make a commitment for the long-term and make this apparent in your CV.
  10. Speak to other plasterers and dryliners and find out what it’s like as a day-to-day job. Having this insider knowledge can help you land the opportunity.