build a great CV
Your CV is the first chance you have to impress a potential employer, so it is important that you make a good first impression. A good quality CV can boost your chance of getting invited to an interview, so should show your willingness and passion to learn a trade and develop new skills to enable you to apply for a position in an employer on completion of the apprenticeship.
What should I include?
Your CV needs to include:
- Name and contact details: include an email address as well as a mobile phone number so that you do not miss any communications from the employer.
- Personal profile: include a personal statement about you which illustrates your strengths and suitability to be considered for an apprenticeship with an employer in your chosen occupational sector.
- Educational background: include your schools/ colleges and your qualifications, starting with the most recent.
- Attributes and ambitions – these need to relate to the job role, and where relevant, any transferable skills and qualities. Demonstrate that you know what an apprenticeship is and why you want to take up an apprenticeship in your chosen sector and with this employer.
- Work experience: summarise all paid and voluntary work experience. This can include mentoring activities and enterprise projects.
- Hobbies and interests: while they may not seem relevant, it is actually important to include these. Team sports and team captains can demonstrate strong leadership and team building skills. You could also include learning to drive, voluntary activities or community/charitable work.
- Others: use this section to add other skills not mentioned elsewhere in the CV e.g. holding a full driving licence, first aid certificates or Duke of Edinburgh medals.