Be the Best – Top Five Tips for Construction Industry Apprentices
Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking a look at the apprenticeship scheme with some advice for construction company owners on the benefits of hiring and apprentice, followed by some information on choosing the right apprentice for your construction firm.
If you’re thinking about a career in construction and wondering whether to apply for an apprenticeship as a first step towards a great career, we have some guidance that will help you make up your mind and take the first steps.
To start with, an apprenticeship is a real job, a job that will enable you to gain the skills and qualifications you need for a successful career, but you’ll also gain confidence as you earn while you learn – what’s not to like about that? You’ll be making connections and forging relationships whilst getting some valuable hands-on experience and creating a great CV for yourself. If you want to make the most of your opportunity as an apprentice, take a look at some of these tips.
- Research – before you being, make sure you choose the right apprenticeship by carrying out research to ensure that you understand exactly what’s involved and what will be expected of you. An apprenticeship involves a few years of traiing, so making sure that this is the right way forward for you will save both you and your prospective employer time and money.
- Reliability – make sure that you show up each day and that you’re ready and willing to work. Demonstrating your commitment to this great opportunity by being reliable and punctual will assure your employer that YOU were the right choice out of the hundreds of other applicants they considered. You owe it to both yourself and your employer to show that they’ve made the right decision by choosing you.
- Work Hard – this will not go unnoticed and an apprentice with the ability to work hard is worth their weight in gold to employers. Show how valuable you are by exceeding the expectations of your employer, demonstrating just how important this job is to you.
- Ask Others – you have a unique opportunity here to tap into the knowledge of your older colleagues – they have the expertise and experience you strive for right now. Your colleagues can be a valuable resource, offering great tips, telling you the best way to achieve your goals. Ask for their advice, these people have been working in construction for years and have a wealth of information – all you have to do is ask.
- Be Honest – about your inexperience and ask for help when you need it. You may feel a little overwhelmed and out of place at first – you’ll be surrounded by people with more knowledge and experience than you. Don’t let that stop you from speaking up and making an effort to understand all aspects of the work properly. Your workmates will respect you for doing so.
Becoming a construction apprentice means that you have an end-goal of gaining full time employment within the industry. However, full time positions are not automatically handed out, they have to be earned. By demonstrating how serious you are about a career in construction and proving yourself during your apprenticeship, you’re much more likely to gain a full time position at the end of the apprenticeship.