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    Hi there, I am looking into doing an apprenticeship next year for a big firm such as British Gas, o2, Yorkshire Water

    Any suggestions in a big firm and where I should apply

    Open to anything at the moment

    Thanks

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    What kind of apprenticeship? Joinery, Electrical, Machining . . . etc what do you want to do ?
    Need extra info, what age are you, what are your qualifications etc. and what do you want to do ?
    Edited by: "DannyM" 24th Apr 2011

    Original Poster

    Interested in absolutely anything mate, im 18, going to complete my a-levels in the summer

    apply to as many as possible give yourself more options

    Need to have some kind of idea of what you want to do.

    Im in an apprenticeship just now finishing 2nd year as an electrical control systems engineer and loving it.

    Getting an apprenticeship with a big firm is hard work, i got offered one for BAE Systems but i was lucky there as there was over 10,000 applicants for scotland alone. You should apply to as many companies as possible, big or small or otherwise.

    First off get your C.V sorted and together, get a draft cover letter sorted. Identify the companies to apply to. find out background info on them (like what they do, what jobs they have etc) Find a focus for what you want to do, people wont take you on if you dont know what you want to do and just think it sounds good.
    So my first bit of advice is to get yourself focused on what you want

    Original Poster

    Alot of people have told me what I want to do, and i've always said 'anything'

    I guess I should start looking into something specific now, I think I'll do a type of engineering

    DannyM

    Need to have some kind of idea of what you want to do. Im in an … Need to have some kind of idea of what you want to do. Im in an apprenticeship just now finishing 2nd year as an electrical control systems engineer and loving it. Getting an apprenticeship with a big firm is hard work, i got offered one for BAE Systems but i was lucky there as there was over 10,000 applicants for scotland alone. You should apply to as many companies as possible, big or small or otherwise.First off get your C.V sorted and together, get a draft cover letter sorted. Identify the companies to apply to. find out background info on them (like what they do, what jobs they have etc) Find a focus for what you want to do, people wont take you on if you dont know what you want to do and just think it sounds good.So my first bit of advice is to get yourself focused on what you want


    Try the network rail website. Theres various aspects of engineering available to get into with regards to the rail industry. It'll be hard work but the pay in the future is pretty good. I'm an engineer in the RAF at present but if that was available years ago I'd of jumped at the chance.

    Original Poster

    I tried there buddy, but I'll need to be down south for the first year, I'm from Yorkshire, so I'll have to stay there, don't know if I fancy that yet (I'm a mommas boy, too attached lol)

    Angryman81

    Try the network rail website. Theres various aspects of engineering … Try the network rail website. Theres various aspects of engineering available to get into with regards to the rail industry. It'll be hard work but the pay in the future is pretty good. I'm an engineer in the RAF at present but if that was available years ago I'd of jumped at the chance.


    Try apprenticeships.org.uk or notgoingtouni.co.uk

    Both these websites are aimed at people in your position and feature a wide variety of apprenticeships. I think you can register so that you will get updates of new apprenticeships. Also if you are at school or college at the moment speak to your careers adviser, that's what they are there for.

    National Grid are recruiting apprentices at the minute for their September intake I believe. They have places available in Yorkshire too...

    nationalgridcareers.com/Dev…me/

    Try btplc.com/Car…htm

    Not sure if it is an year on year intake, I know someone who did quite well out of it, but has now moved on.

    Alot of people have told me what I want to do, and i've always said … Alot of people have told me what I want to do, and i've always said 'anything'I guess I should start looking into something specific now, I think I'll do a type of engineering



    Need to focus on what you want to do mate, if you dont know what you want then an employer isnt going to take you on. Electrical, electronic, Mechanical, wiring, fitter, Aeronautical, marine/nautical. In order to get a job just now your going to have to stand out, and people who dont have any idea what they want to do will not stand out.

    Try lots of the oil companies. Biggest mistake i made was not joining them. If you work on the rigs, its like £40-60k and its 2 weeks on 2 weeks off. benefits are good and you can go all over the world.

    But it seems you have little peference which is somewhat of a concern. Yo uwill be competing against hudreds of applicants and if you do get the interview you will need to know the company inside out and show enthusiasm and passion. If you have the attitude of "i dont care" then how do you expect to portray that to the employer.... you need to sit down and really think what you want to do. Remember, this is a job which you could potentially do for the rest of your life...and you dont want to be looking back regretting that you never really focused on what you want to do.

    Original Poster

    alot of good advice from everyone, thanks alot
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