Hints & Tips

Follow these tips when thinking of applying for an IT Apprenticeship

Expand Your Skills & Knowledge

Play
Around

Find the apprenticeship perfect for your aspirations & location and apply through our simple form

Learn Some Programming Languages

There are a vast number of programming languages but start with some of the most
commonly used, such as: Visual Basic, PHP, Python, JavaScript, Java, Ruby. Try out
some tutorial sites to get you started: tryruby.org or www.codecademy.com

Explore Other Operating Systems

With the growth of Linux and Macintosh being knowledgeable in multiple operating
systems, in addition to Windows, can give you an edge in the technical job market

Develop Your Own ePortfolio

Create an online ePortfolio. You can record and show images, text, video, blogs, etc.
Potential employers will often ask for examples of your work to help them decide
whether you have the skills & experience they are looking for. An example of a free
ePortfolio site is foliofor.me

Join
Forums

Take a look at some online IT forums and discussion sites that are in your area of
interest. Great for learning, picking up tips and contributing your ideas. Take a
look at: webdevrefinery.com, daniweb.com and webdesignerforum.co.uk

Get Involved In Open Source Projects

Take a look at github.com

Write Your
Own Blog

Blogging can be an excellent way to expand your knowledge and getting feedback on your
ideas. Post written content which demonstrates practical experiences. Post images of
your latest photography, graphic designs, animations, plans, models, etc

Set Up Your
Own Website

Create your own website on a topic that interests you

Try To Get Some
Work Experience

This is a good way to try out a job, get new contacts, put your knowledge into practice
and to pump up your CV – a couple of work experience placements shows your willingness
to make things happen and can make all the difference when applying for jobs. Speak with
friends, parents and contact local IT companies.

Other
Skills

While technical skills are needed for many roles, employers also want team‐players,
problem‐solvers and good communicators. It is equally important to have a range of
soft skills, including:

  • communication – written and verbal and interpersonal skills
  • teamwork and problem-solving
  • enthusiasm and motivation
  • willingness and an ability to learn new skills quickly

Prepare For An Interview

Research
The Organisation

A simple scan of the website can help you impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their organisation.

Print Out The CV You Sent In To Apply For The Job

This will help you to prepare for any specific questions about your application and your work history/experience.

Prepare Examples Of Your Own Work

Presenting your own projects, blogs or even websites will help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge to the employer, and help you stand out from the crowd.

Prepare Examples Of Skills You’ve Used

You can identify the kind of skills relevant to the job which you will need by reading through the person specification or job profile.

Useful Links

Click these links to find out more about apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships vs. University

The Value of Apprenticeships

Guide to Apprenticeships

Apprentice Interview Tips

Events

Want to speak with the TDM Wyre Academy team about apprenticeships? Come and visit our stand at the following FREE events:

The Real Apprentice 2013 Worcestershire – Worcestershire County Council County Hall, Tuesday 12th November 4pm – 7:30pm