Applying for an apprenticeship
After you've found an apprenticeship role you’re interested in, it's much like applying for a normal job.
Step 1: Write your application
Once you've found a suitable accounting or finance apprenticeship vacancy, you'll need to complete an application form or send in a CV (resume).
Writing a CV
Writing a CV when you're starting out in the world of work can be daunting, but you may have other types of experience that are worth highlighting. Try this article, How to write a CV with no experience, on AAT Comment for some pointers.
If you think you need more experience to point towards, here are some ways to go about getting it.
Step 2: Tests
If the employer likes the look of your application, they may invite you to sit some tests to see if you’d be a good match. You may be invited to do these in person at an assessment day, or simply do them online at home. They could be psychometric tests aimed at identifying your personality traits, or knowledge tests.
Some employers skip this step and go straight to step 3.
Step 3: First round interview
First round interviews can be held on the phone or in person. They're a chance for the employer to get to know you and find out about your experience, as well as giving you more information about what the apprenticeship involves and how the organisation operates.
You can get some helpful advice on interviews in the job hunting section on AAT Comment. Try these articles in particular:
Step 4: Second round interview
It's quite common, especially if there’s lots of competition for a role, to be invited back for a second round interview. At this stage, you might be interviewed by more than one person such as an HR representative and a senior member of the finance or accounting team.
Step 5: Accepting an offer
If you’ve impressed during each stage of the application process hopefully you’ll be rewarded with a new apprenticeship role. Once a job offer has been made you need to submit all of your paperwork.
Your employer will then discuss details like the starting date, salary information and what the role will involve. You should read your contract carefully.
If you're unsuccessful in your application
Competition for apprenticeships is high, especially within the large well known finance firms. Don't forget that smaller, local firms might also offer apprenticeships. If you've applied for many apprenticeship roles and been unsuccessful, there are a number of routes open to you.