I was wondering if anybody could help me I am looking at starting a laboratory technician apprenticeship this september but before my college (Hull College) will run it for me i have to find an employer that is willing to take me on and im finding it hard to find companies in Hull that I could ask so any help you could give me would help a lot
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- Thread Starter
- 12-04-2013 10:47
- 30-04-2013 14:10
That's a tricky sector to work in. Getting a foot in the door first with some work experience this summer might help:
Students that I have known go into this area have been successful with their local councils.
Most have a food and/or product testing department for Health and Safety Trading Standards
Do your homework first - find out as much as you can about what they do.
Does the Council have an apprenticeship manager? If so, contact them first - they may be able to open the door for you within the lab section - or they may outsource the work, so might give you an introduction to the company they use.
It might sound weird, but don't use the term work experience when you contact anybody. Say 'offer to help out' 'be an extra pair of hands' That kind of thing.
For some employers the term 'work experience' has very negative connotations (Put 'Harry and Paul Work experience' into youtube!)
After the Council, tried local schools? Schools SHOULD be offering apprenticeships, just like councils: Theyt should be setting an example to other employers.
Have a great CV ready - show your practical and scientific skills. But call/email/chase them -show you are keen or they will ignore you. (I used to work for a publishing company and we had a policy of ignoring work experience applications unless they followed it up.)
Good luck- don't give up, but have a plan B - apprenticeships are always tricky to get started.