What happens after applying for an apprenticeship?
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If you’re here, that means one thing - you’ve applied for an apprenticeship, or three. Congratulations! It’s the first step towards a blossoming career.
But now you’re probably wondering what happens after your application has zipped across the interweb, and landed in an employer’s DMs.
If they like what they see, you’ll typically be invited to an assessment day, followed by an interview, before receiving a job offer.
This guide is here to help you through the post-application journey.
I’ve applied for an apprenticeship, what happens now?
Once you’ve clicked that submit button, you’ll get an automatic email from the employer confirming they’ve received it. From there, it’s a bit of a waiting game.
Usually, the application will first be read by software that scans for keywords specific to the role.
Any application that doesn’t have all or a majority of the keywords, won’t progress. This is usually followed by an automatic unsuccessful email.
Keywords are your best friend and you should litter your application with them.
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If your application makes it, it’ll then be read by an actual human who will decide which candidates make it through to the next stage.
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How long does it take to hear back after an apprenticeship application?
If you haven’t heard back from an employer, it’s okay.
Competition is tight as there are around 39 applicants per vacancy, and it can take employers a little time to sift through them all. So don’t take it personally.
Should you call after applying for a job?
You should always receive an email letting you know that your application has been received. So there’s no need to call to confirm anything.
Instead, send a short and polite email a couple of weeks or so after applying to follow up. This will also show initiative and hunger. Employers LOVE that.
In the meantime, keep applying for other schemes.
“I’ve been invited to an interview!”
First things first, always do your research. It’ll be immediately obvious if you don’t know anything about the company or role you’ve applied for.
Insta-stalk the company! Discover their values and the who’s-who. You’ll be asked about the role during the interview, so make sure you triple read the job description and research the role further. If the company has YouTube videos about the role, watch those.Looking up practice questions is always a good idea. Why? Because you’ll get an idea of what will be asked during the interview and how to answer them. Some examples of questions include…
Ask a friend, parent or even teacher to help you out by doing a mock interview where they pretend to be an employer. The more practice you can get, the more at ease you’ll feel on the day.
Finally, be yourself. It’s instinct to want to give an employer textbook answers, but employers really want nothing more than to get to know the person behind the CV. Niche hobbies and all…
On the day
“I got the job!”
CONGRATS. Now the real work begins.
Like Scar sang in The Lion King, it pays to “be prepared!” So as your first day looms, you’ll need to do as much prep as you humanly can.
Before your first day
Your First day
“I didn’t get the job. What should I do?”
Rejection is rough and frustrating, but your career is far from over.
There could be 1001 reasons as to why you might have been unsuccessful, for example:
It’s hard not to dwell on the no’s and why nots, but there are things you can do to lessen the blow and help you to soldier on with the job search…
Asking for feedback
Companies aren't legally required to give feedback on applications, but it doesn’t hurt to try - especially if you were far along in the hiring process.
If you don’t get a response, check in with your school or college careers advisor to see if there’s anything you can do to improve on your CV, cover letter or application tactics.
We also have some super helpful tips and tricks to use before and during the application process:
If you’re looking for a little post-application rejection inspo…Beyoncé lost the “Star Search” talent show in 1993. Fast forward to now, and she’s easily one of the most influential women in the world.
The good news is there are plenty more opportunities out there. A staggering 321,400 people started an apprenticeship in 2021. You can and will be one of them if you put your mind to it
The trick is very simple. Keep applying.
Remember when Lady Gaga was heavily memed for overusing the quote “There can be 100 people in a room and 99 of them don’t believe in you but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole life…”?
Funny as it was, she was right. The more you apply and get yourself out there, the better chance you have at getting that all-important YES.
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Written by Melchi
Melchi is a stan of the written word and joined the RateMyApprenticeship team as a Content Executive in 2021. Melchi started his career writing culture content for WeAreCollision magazine before completing an MA in International Journalism at City University and interning at Insider Inc. He now uses his head-thesaurus to write inspiring content to help young people make great career choices. These include everything from blogs about beauty apprenticeships to industry guides sharing the latest apprenticeship opportunities. Outside of writing, Melchi loves all things music and is currently learning how to DJ.