Struggling with your course? These top 10 tips are guaranteed to help you pass your Apprenticeship.
Spinning plates are hard. Particularly when you have lots of plates all spinning at once. Life is very much like spinning plates and it can become hard work trying to control multiple parts of your life.
Completing an Apprenticeship is a great example of this, as you have to ensure you are in control of both your study and work commitments.
That’s why we’ve created a list of the top 10 tips for a successful Apprenticeship. We hope this list will give you one less ‘plate’ to worry about as you try to manage the combined responsibilities of studying and working.
(As well as everything else in your life.)
These tips have been provided by the past and current Apprentices from a variety of industries.
1 – Ask questions
It can be hard to ask questions when there is pressure on you to know. Without wanting to look less intelligent or lose face, some people can be reluctant to ask, what they may feel is a mundane question.
Don’t worry about asking any question – you don’t know what you don’t know. So make sure to ask questions and absorb as much information as possible from colleagues, assessors, and trainers.
2 – Progression & Next Steps
Whether you are starting at the bottom of the Framework, or completing a Higher-Apprenticeship it’s important to have a clear aim of where you want to be. Without highlighting a goal for your career or keeping a CPD Plan (Continual Professional Development) it can be hard to motivate yourself to complete the course.
Apprenticeships are recognition for your work-based competencies and can allow you to succeed in a similar field or help you get the job of your dreams. So be sure to plan ahead and map out your desired progression.
3 – Strike a balance between studying and work
It comes back to spinning plates. Ensure both aspects of the Apprenticeship are receiving the appropriate attention.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by neglecting your studying responsibilities. Your colleagues will often be able to give you a few informal pointers if you’re struggling with some of the concepts you’re learning about – remember that they are there to help support you.
4 – Be yourself
Never. Under any circumstance. Let external factors or people affect how you portray yourself. Be it a manager, customer or trainer.
It is important that you are yourself in everything that you do. If you have a certain opinion or prefer a particular method of learning, make people aware.
Also, don’t ever be afraid to tell people that you’re an Apprentice, or feel like you have to pretend to know more than you do. Be proud of being an Apprentice – after all, it shows that you are driven, determined and ambitious.
5 – Don’t give up
It may be the most obvious tip when it comes to completing an Apprenticeship. But it is still one of the most important things to remember.
Sometimes, you might be a little overwhelmed with your new responsibilities. Everyone feels like this sometimes, but it’s important that you don’t get demotivated. It’s all part of the learning curve.
6 – Reach out and start a network
Networking is one of the most important skills you’ll ever learn, but what is it exactly? Well, it’s making an effort to make personal connections with people that you meet at work. One day, you might need their help – or want to work on a project with them. Also, make sure you find other apprentices in your organisation, as it’s always good to have someone to talk to who is in the same situation as you.
7 – Go at your own pace
It’s key that you don’t get intimidated by the ability of others at work. It’s easy to feel like you’re expected to know what you’re doing as much as people who’ve been there for two, five or even 20 years.
Go at the right pace for you.
The more comfortable you are with the speed and level of progression – in both your knowledge and skills – the better you will understand and remember them.
8 – Punctuality
We think this is another obvious one, but people still get it wrong. Arriving on time for work shows that you are organised and professional.
Not arriving on time for work shows that you are disorganised or not interested in your role. It can also have a lasting effect on the business and colleagues.
9 – Listen to advice
You’ll have the opportunity to meet colleagues, interact with trainers and assessors as well as working with senior members of staff. Most of them will have a vast amount of knowledge and experience. Due to the nature of their roles, they are almost certain to offer advice and guidance.
Listen. Listen and listen some more.
You will pick up an immense amount of information that you can take with you throughout your career.
10 – Confidence
Confidence is key to undertaking and learning new skills. Believing in your ability, as well as those around you, will allow you to take on more responsibility, and show what you have learnt.
Being able to showcase your new skills and knowledge is exactly what an Apprenticeship validates.
Therefore, follow the above points to grow in confidence and ensure that you pass your Apprenticeship and develop your career.