INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE

Your Trainer will be able to provide advice and information about your learning at appropriate times during your course. You will also be able to request advice and information at any time during your course.

When you are close to completing your course, your Trainer will offer progression routes for you, including other courses & future development opportunities.

Apprentice information and support

GLP Training is committed to supporting our Apprentices and students in their future goals and career path.

Learn how to make your CV stand out, explore interview tips and tricks as well as what you should expect from your first week in your Apprenticeship.

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How to write your CV

What you need to include:

  • Your personal details

  • Personal profile

  • Employment history

  • Education

  • Any additional training or groups you are involved in

  • References

GLP Training Hints and Tips

 

Keep it simple - Don’t fill your CV with unnecessary information or images. Make sure the CV is readable and not 5000 words. Remember Employers will be reading your CV.

 

File type - As tempting as it may be to create a flashy CV in swanky design software, remember most Employers won’t be able to open this in and will give up. 

 

Get someone to read it -  Most people won’t see errors in their writing, so always get someone who is preferably good at spelling to reading over your CV. Most Employers will not read your CV if you have multiple spelling and grammar errors.

How to be prepared for an interview

Interviews are always intimidating so do not worry if you are nervous. However, there are hints and tips which will help you prepare for an interview to make it less stressful.

  • Research the company​.

  • Make sure you check for messages from the company on your phone and email with invitations to the interview

 

  • Always respond to the company telling them you will or will not be attending

 

  • Lockdown your social media- most Employers will be social media savvy and “stalk” your social media pages before an interview. If you are worried about anything which may be on there, change your settings to private.

  • Check your junk mail for invitations to an interview.

  • Bring any notes you have made and questions you want to ask (do not ask about the salary, how much holiday you have and sick pay as this can give a bad impression).

  • Write down potential questions they may ask you and practice your answers.

  • Practice the interview- sit with a friend, parent or guardian who can help you rehearse an interview situation and try out the questions and answers you have written down.

  • Drink some water before the interview so you do not have a dry mouth.

 

What to expect in your first week

Your first week in any new job will be intimidating. You will need to get to know new people, new skills and if it is your first job, business etiquette.

Here are some tips to help you survive your first week.

  • Turn up on time- make sure you are aware of potential traffic problems and allow enough time to get to your company.

 

  • Double-check the start date and time- usually you will have an acceptance email or letter confirming you have a new job at the company. Depending on the company, this will document a schedule including date and time to start. Check what documents you may need to bring with you. You will probably be asked for ID such as a passport or ID card as well as references.

  • Bring a note pad and pen- its always good to be prepared and you will be taking in a lot of new information. Always bring a pad and pen with you so you can start writing notes and lists.

  • Check what you need to wear. Some companies expect very formal clothing especially solicitors or accountants. Some companies are however slightly more relaxed and opt for Smart casual. It’s always best to double-check with the HR person what they expect you to wear. If you are working in a practical role such as property maintenance, its always good to double-check as well. However, the company should provide you with safety equipment and clothing such as high visibility jacket.

  • Don’t be shy to make conversation with colleagues although it can be very intimidating at first. The communal kitchen or tea/coffee making area is a great place to get to know people.

 

Coming soon: Our apprentice hints and tips

Other IAG resources

National Careers Service

Phone: 0800 100 900

Website: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

National Apprenticeship Service

Find out more about apprenticeships.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Not Going To Uni

A one-stop site for information about gap years, distance learning and apprenticeships.

Website: http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Natspec Colleges Directory

Further education for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Website: https://www.natspec.org.uk

The Apprenticeship Guide

Find out updated information about Apprenticeships by industry, subject or your skills and interests.

Website: http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk

icould.com

Stories to inspire your career.

Website: http://icould.com

Hear it from one of our own apprentices...

"On the first day of my apprenticeship, I was anxious and excited for the future. Coming straight from Secondary education into a working environment was a big step for me. 

Soon after I arrived and I met my colleagues, all my anxiety and doubts were swept away.

11 months on from my first day as a new Apprentice and I am as excited as ever and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have been given.

My biggest tip for surviving your first week as an Apprentice, would be to try your hardest to get to grips with the working environment, and to also understand, you are wanted and supported in your new job." - Jack