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Create a CV for an Apprenticeship

Posted 31st July 2023

Studies have shown that recruiters spend about nine seconds reading each CV that is sent to them – make sure YOU stand out in the right ways by creating the best first impression. It can be hard to know where to start when you are creating your CV for an Apprenticeship when you’ve just left school, but we have some advice to get you off to a flying start!

 

Writing a CV for an Apprenticeship

 

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Fonts and formatting on your Apprenticeship CV

Make sure that your font is modern and easy to read. Point sizes 10, 11 or 12 are best for legibility! Here are some great fonts to choose for your CV:

  • Calibri
  • Cambria
  • Helvetica
  • Gill Sans
  • Verdana

For section headings, increase the font size or Bold – it is best to avoid underlining as it looks messy! If you’re uncertain, Google Drive includes several good templates for a CV. Just keep in mind – simple and easy to read!

 

Include the right sections in the right order!

Your CV should include 7 sections with clear headings. Where appropriate, showcase your experience, interests and contact information! By using the headings below you can build your CV easily and include everything you need in the right place.

  1. Name & Contact Information
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Education
  4. Work History & Experience
  5. Skills
  6. Hobbies
  7. References

We’ll go through each one and make some suggestions for what to include!

 

Name & Contact Information

Make sure your name is at the top of the page in bold and has a larger font size than the rest of the page! You can either left align or centre this – centre often looks best. You do not need to include the words CV or Curriculum Vitae.

Make sure to include your address and an up-to-date mobile number and email address so that recruiters and employers can contact you easily. Your email address should be a professional combination of your name!

Example:

Joe Bloggs

25 Any Street, Any Town, Any County

Joebloggs@gmail.com | 07XXX777X77

 

Personal Statement

Your profile or personal statement on your CV is going to be the advert for you! This is what will “sell” your skills at first glance. This is designed to be an introduction to you, grabbing the attention of the recruiter or employer and keeping them reading!

To create your personal statement, let’s consider these three things

Motivation: Why do you want to work in this type of job/industry/apprenticeship?

Skills & Experience: What interests, skills and/or experience do you already have that makes you the best person for this role?

Objective: Where do you plan to go with your career? What are your longer term goals?

Example:

I have recently graduated from Secondary School with 10 GCSEs, and I am seeking a Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship position. I would like to develop my interest in teaching and how the associated tasks support children on a day-to-day basis. I am an outgoing person who is good with children, and I am not afraid to try new things. I am very organised and have a great attendance and punctuality record in both school and part-time jobs. I aim to grow within the role and hopefully stay with the school I study my apprenticeship with to become a fully trained Teaching Assistant.

 

 

Education

As a recent school leaver, your GCSE and/or A Level grades (or predicted grades) are the most important here. You should always specifically include Maths and English – a pass in these is considered an essential minimum for many jobs and Apprenticeships. Other individual subjects can be mentioned if you wish.

Example:

Sept 2018 – July 2023: Carlisle High School

A Levels: English Language, Maths, Biology (ABB predicted)

GCSEs: English Language (A), Food Technology (A), English Literature (B), Maths (B), French (B), Dual Science Award (C) (C), History (C), IT (C), Psychology (C).

 

Work History & Experience

This section should include any paid weekend work or voluntary work you have done. Make sure to also include any school work experience! For each role you should try and include the following:

Job Title: This should be the header for each entry in the section. Put this in bold or a larger font for emphasis

Company: Immediately follow this up with the name of the company and the location of the workplace. Use italics for contrast.

Employment Dates: Include the from and to dates.

Duties: Around 6 bullet points for each position is best – describe in a sentence what makes it relevant to the job you are applying for.

 

Example:

Customer Service Assistant

Bakers Dozen, Carlisle

July 2019 – Present (weekends and school holidays)

  • Create a welcoming and positive customer experience at the bakery counter
  • Advise customers on baked goods’ selection and take orders.
  • Weighing, pricing and packaging purchased items, as well as processing payments.
  • Manage the baking ingredients’ inventory and request the purchasing of stock.
  • Monitor the visual appeal and availability of baked goods on display.
  • Clean the kitchen after business hours and prepare it for the next day.

 

Remember that although your work experience may have only been 1 week, you can share on your CV what you did and what you learned as these are all invaluable to an employer!

Example:

Nursery Assistant

Kids Nursery, Carlisle

April 2023 – 1 week work experience

During my week’s work experience, I worked in a local nursery in the 2-year-old room and help with planning and conducting fun activities for the toddlers. This included music and dancing, and arts and crafts. I also helped with lunch times, feeding and changing the young children where required. I gained a huge sense of satisfaction as I was able to help children learn important life skills like using cutlery and counting. It was great working in a team to ensure that the daily activities ran smoothly.

 

Skills

When writing your CV for an Apprenticeship, take the time to brainstorm a list of about 5 or 6 relevant hard and soft skills. Make sure all of these are based on the type of job you are applying for! Think about what skills you have gained during your education and work experience and list them using bold key words, providing a short description next to each.

Example:

Teamwork and interpersonal skills – working in the bakery for the last 18 months, I have been part of a small team who work well together. We all ensure that customer waiting times are short and that the bakery runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

Self-management – I have managed to complete my GCSEs and hold down a part-time job, which was often full-time during the school holidays.

 

 

Hobbies and Interests

Here is a chance for you to show a bit of your personality and interests! Employers like to see that you have developed skills outside of school, and here is where you can list any extra-curricular activities or interests.

Include anything like sporting interests, love of films, socialising, travelling, cooking, or reading. If you have played football or any other sports for a local youth team then that is also great to include!

Examples:

  • Member of the local amateur dramatics club
  • Horse-riding
  • Walking in the Lake District with family
  • Reading popular fiction novels and listening to audiobooks

 

References

A reference is a way to back up what you’ve put on your CV and a way for potential employers to check what you’ve said. The person who writes your reference is called a ‘referee’. You can simply write ‘References available on request,’ and provide their contact details later. This can include your managers, teachers or someone from your work experience!

 

Other miscellaneous things to remember on your CV!

File Format

You need to save your CV in the right format. Unless the job application says otherwise, make sure it is saved as a PDF. It is the best way of preserving your carefully arranged layout!

 

File Name

Use the right file name for your CV. It is one of the first things an employer will see, so make sure you name it something suitable. Use this as an instant bit of personal branding!

Example:

JoeBloggsCV.pdf

Joe_BloggsCV.pdf

 

Length

Make sure that your CV is no more than 2 pages of A4 (not including your cover letter!)

 

Spelling and grammar

Make sure you double-check your CV and get someone else to read it for you! You want to make sure there are no typos or spelling errors when you send your final CV in. Tools like Grammarly can help with making sure you are writing clearly and concisely.

 

National Careers Service – How to Write a CV

UCAS Careers Advice

 

There are many different templates, tips and advice on the internet, but we hope that this has consolidated much of that and gives you a great starting point to create your CV!