Writing a CV for a degree apprenticeship

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Hi, I have just finished year 12 and am looking at degree apprenticeships. Some I have seen you need a CV to apply which I don't have.

How would you suggest I start with writing a CV?
What should I include?
How do I make it stand out?
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Hi, I have just finished year 12 and am looking at degree apprenticeships. Some I have seen you need a CV to apply which I don't have.

How would you suggest I start with writing a CV?
What should I include?
How do I make it stand out?
Which degree apprenticeship are you thinking of applying for?
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Hi, I have just finished year 12 and am looking at degree apprenticeships. Some I have seen you need a CV to apply which I don't have.

How would you suggest I start with writing a CV?
What should I include?
How do I make it stand out?
There's a CV Help forum on TSR, click on Careers and Jobs and look for it there.

You stand out in applications by giving evidence of having all the right skills for the role you are applying for.
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Which degree apprenticeship are you thinking of applying for?
Probably an engineering degree apprenticeship or a digital/technology one. I take maths physics and computer science a level so I have an interest in both.
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There's a CV Help forum on TSR, click on Careers and Jobs and look for it there.

You stand out in applications by giving evidence of having all the right skills for the role you are applying for.
Thank you I'll have a look.
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Hi, I have just finished year 12 and am looking at degree apprenticeships. Some I have seen you need a CV to apply which I don't have.

How would you suggest I start with writing a CV?
What should I include?
How do I make it stand out?
I've applied to around 8 different companies for degree apprenticeships (BP, accenture, goldman sachs etc) and heres the key things to include:
- short but snappy personal statement to start off- summing up your key characteristics. no more than 2-3 lines
- your education (most recent first)
- any part time jobs or volunteering- include responsibilities- bullet point these
- any extracurricular awards and achievements

my CV was a page long but I always managed to pass the initial screening process and get to the interview stages, so the above tips work. main thing is to keep it concise and spend some time thinking of what to write in the personal statement to introduce yourself and stand out. good luck
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I've applied to around 8 different companies for degree apprenticeships (BP, accenture, goldman sachs etc) and heres the key things to include:
- short but snappy personal statement to start off- summing up your key characteristics. no more than 2-3 lines
- your education (most recent first)
- any part time jobs or volunteering- include responsibilities- bullet point these
- any extracurricular awards and achievements

my CV was a page long but I always managed to pass the initial screening process and get to the interview stages, so the above tips work. main thing is to keep it concise and spend some time thinking of what to write in the personal statement to introduce yourself and stand out. good luck
Thank you so much! Which degree apprenticeship did you apply for at Goldman Sachs? I saw there was an engineering degree apprenticeship but not heard much about it.
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Thank you so much! Which degree apprenticeship did you apply for at Goldman Sachs? I saw there was an engineering degree apprenticeship but not heard much about it.
I applied to the Software engineering one, didn't pass the video interview. but I got in BP for a data science degree apprenticeship starting in september
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I applied to the Software engineering one, didn't pass the video interview. but I got in BP for a data science degree apprenticeship starting in september
Do you have any tips or things you wish you had done differently? Data science was also an apprenticeship I was looking at... good luck in September!!
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Do you have any tips or things you wish you had done differently? Data science was also an apprenticeship I was looking at... good luck in September!!
Thanks, the main thing would definitely be preparation, the first few interviews/Assessment Centres I did I got rejected because I didnt link back to the values of the company or I didnt research the company enough. so make sure you research each company and spend at least 1-2 days doing that. Also apply to every company possible even if you don't planning on going there- this way you can build up your confidence and get lots of practice in. I got rejected from the first few companies I interviewed at but after that I kept going and finally got 3 offers to choose from. never give up- degree apprenticeships are very competitive- loads have one place but 30-40 people applying so you're obviously not going to be succesful with every company.
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Thanks, the main thing would definitely be preparation, the first few interviews/Assessment Centres I did I got rejected because I didnt link back to the values of the company or I didnt research the company enough. so make sure you research each company and spend at least 1-2 days doing that. Also apply to every company possible even if you don't planning on going there- this way you can build up your confidence and get lots of practice in. I got rejected from the first few companies I interviewed at but after that I kept going and finally got 3 offers to choose from. never give up- degree apprenticeships are very competitive- loads have one place but 30-40 people applying so you're obviously not going to be succesful with every company.
Thank you so much
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I’ve just finished my engineering degree apprenticeship.

Only applied for one and nailed the interview. I’d completed an engineering L2 and L3 apprenticeship.

However, I wasn’t hired because of my work experience.

I knew the following:
•What the company did
•Why i wanted to work there
•The company’s ethos and values
•How these aligned with my own morals and work style
•Their history and achievements
•The specific characteristics they were looking for
•Personal examples where I’d demonstrated characteristics they were looking for
•My strengths
•Situations where I’d utilised my strengths to achieve something
•My weaknesses
•Situations where I had worked on improving my weaknesses

I didn’t need any work based examples to answer these questions, but I could use my work experience to demonstrate my interest in that particular career pathway.

If you find you’re missing any of these, set yourself some homework.

Hope this helps
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I’ve just finished my engineering degree apprenticeship.

Only applied for one and nailed the interview. I’d completed an engineering L2 and L3 apprenticeship.

However, I wasn’t hired because of my work experience.

I knew the following:
•What the company did
•Why i wanted to work there
•The company’s ethos and values
•How these aligned with my own morals and work style
•Their history and achievements
•The specific characteristics they were looking for
•Personal examples where I’d demonstrated characteristics they were looking for
•My strengths
•Situations where I’d utilised my strengths to achieve something
•My weaknesses
•Situations where I had worked on improving my weaknesses

I didn’t need any work based examples to answer these questions, but I could use my work experience to demonstrate my interest in that particular career pathway.

If you find you’re missing any of these, set yourself some homework.

Hope this helps
Thank you so much this helps a lot. What was wrong with your work experience?
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Thank you so much this helps a lot. What was wrong with your work experience?
There was nothing wrong with my work experience,. It was relevant to the degree apprenticeship (both engineering research and development) and I had good references.

My point is that apprenticeship interviewers are less interested in the actual technical experience, but more the personal experience. Apprenticeships are designed to mould you from scratch into professional competence. They’re more interested in your ability to develop.

Sure previous experience can help show how you can develop, but you don’t need it. There are plenty of none work-based situations where you can demonstrate interpersonal and work related skills.

My supervisor recently bought me an insights assessment that helps you identify your unique strengths, such as individualisation and analytical abilities. It’s called Gallup’s Strengthsfinder 2.0, about £13 to £16 online.
This is beneficial for me post apprenticeship and something I include on my CV. I think it would be very useful for you in understanding the unique strengths that you can bring to a project/team.

Apologies for the essay, let me know if you have any questions
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