As we wrap up National Apprenticeship week here at nmcn, Adam Pugh, Group Recruitment Manager gives his top tips on applying for an apprenticeship and preparing for an interview.
Here at nmcn we continually develop our talent at all levels across the business. We operate a national apprenticeship scheme which provides opportunities for development and training whilst gaining recognised qualifications. We partner with a number of further education institutions nationally, with whom we collaborate to ensure our people are provided with the best education, to allow them to complete a nationally recognised apprenticeship qualification.
Our apprenticeships aren’t just a valuable route for school leavers. They can also be the opportunity for those looking for a career change and as we recruit our apprentices all year round, the opportunity to start your adventure may not be far away.
We know talent comes in many forms so we don’t set qualification requirements for our apprentice applicants. Instead, we look to recruit individuals that reflect our culture and company needs, offering individuals training to help reach their potential.
We know apprenticeships can be daunting and the recruitment process may be a new experience. To help you we’ve put together some of our top tips to make the process as easy as possible. We have split these tips into two sections – Application and Interview stage.
Learn as much as you can about the company and the role. You’ll be able to find out about the company’s history, our purpose, vision, values and culture on the about us page of our website. Is the role right for you? Identify the skills, interests and experiences for the role. Consider what you enjoy doing, your key skills and interests and ensure it’s suited to that role.
Put emphasis on your skills and experience that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. Our apprenticeship vacancies attract a high number of applicants so it’s important to stand out and grab our attention.
Plan some answers to interview questions which focus on your skills and strengths. Think about why you want to work for nmcn, what you can bring to the company, your goals and ambitions for the future.
You may not have done many interviews (or this may even be your first). A great way to prepare is to involve friends and family.
Prepare a list of questions you want to ask. It is about the role being right for you as well as you being right for the role!
Check and plan your travel so that you arrive in plenty of time to get sorted. Also dress right, you want us to know you care.
Be confident in yourself and be prepared so that you give yourself the best chance of landing that apprenticeship.
We want to help you develop your knowledge and give you the confidence and skills to define a successful career path. nmcn is full of opportunities, where our people are nurtured for success and empowered to build their own adventure. We’re training tomorrow’s talent and looking for the best people to join our adventure.
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