As exam results days approach, and teenagers across Greater Manchester ponder their options, the area’s largest apprenticeship training provider has produced a list of 10 top tips to help young people to make a success of their Apprenticeship.

Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of The Skills Company said:

“Apprenticeships are becoming the preferred option for more and more ambitious young people who want to get qualified while they learn workplace skills, without building up debts that will take years to clear.”

“The transition from school or college into the workplace can be daunting for young people, and while employers will make allowances for age and inexperience, they will still have expectations about the kind of attitudes and behaviour they will expect.  We believe that by following these simple steps, young apprentices can really get their careers off to a flying start.” 

  • Introduce yourself - Make the effort to learn your colleague’s names.
  • Have a positive attitude - Look for new challenges, be confident and think of the reasons you can do something rather than the reasons you can’t.
  • Professionalism is key - Invest in the right clothing so you look the business. It will make you feel the business, too. Chances are you will find yourself being taken more seriously.
  • Go the extra mile - Employers love helpful people. Whether this means offering to help out others who are struggling, or staying a few extra minutes at the end of the day, you can prove to your employer that you’re an asset to the company and that you’re taking the role seriously.
  • Organise your work area - Have a look at others’ work areas to get an idea for what you are allowed to do to your own.
  • Make notes - As you learn new skills, write it down, so that you have something to refer to if asked to do something by yourself.
  • Ask questions! - Don’t sit in silence if you need help.
  • Get stuck in from the word go - Don’t fade into the background. If you feel like you’re not being given enough to do, bring this up with your manager and ask for more responsibility.
  • Arrange regular meetings with your mentor - to ask for feedback and make sure you are doing what is expected of you.
  • Take your apprenticeship seriously - and think of it as a step along your career path. You’ll impress your employer, making it more likely they will create a position for you within the company when your training period finishes.