Our top five pointers for apprentices

Updated: Apr 7

Whilst the last twelve months have been challenging for many of us, the key attributes needed to succeed in an apprenticeship have never been more important. Whether you are just starting out as an apprentice, or are approaching your end-point assessment, we hope that the following pointers can serve as a useful reference for anyone looking to succeed in an apprenticeship.


IT Literacy


Even more of us are having to work from home than ever before, whilst the same is also true for many apprentices. Therefore the need to be up-to-date with computer technology (and software such as Zoom) has never been more important in connecting and collaborating with other colleagues at work. With an increasing number of people using IT and working remotely, the ease with which more of us can become IT literate has never been greater. If you do find that some aspects of your IT skills leave some room for improvement, consider asking your employer, family or friends for help.


Enthusiasm and Self-Motivation


Having a high level of enthusiasm and self-motivation is crucial for succeeding in any apprenticeship. And yet for many of us, staying sufficiently motivated can be a struggle considering the circumstances we all find ourselves in. Whatever may be your source of motivation for completing your apprenticeship, don’t lose sight of the reasons that compelled you to start in the first place. What was it that originally enthused you about the sector or occupation you applied for? What do you hope to gain from your experience as an apprentice in the long-term? Keeping this points in mind can help to remind you of the reasons for staying enthusiastic and motivated when completing an apprenticeship, even when some days may seem harder than others.


Ask for help


All of us need some form of help occasionally, especially if you’re completing an apprenticeship. Yet asking for help can sometimes feel like one of the most daunting things that any of us can do. If you do find that you need help in any area of your apprenticeship, don’t be afraid to ask your supervisor, manager or employer for support if you feel it’s needed. They are there to support you throughout your learning journey and it’s only natural for them to give help to their apprentices when it’s needed.


Believe in yourself


It may sound like a cliché to be told to believe in yourself, but having a healthy amount of self-confidence in your own ability is nonetheless important. Practicing the art of self-confidence isn’t always an easy thing to do, particularly as it’s not something that comes naturally to everyone. If self-confidence is an area you struggle with, just remember that there are lots of reasons why you have every chance in succeeding in your apprenticeship and, ultimately, your chosen field of work. If you’ve already started an apprenticeship then your employer evidently has enough confidence in you!


Don’t be afraid to make mistakes


Making mistakes is an inevitable part of the learning process, particularly as no-one is flawless and it’s from our mistakes that we learn from them. Regardless of whether you are just starting or finishing your apprenticeship, anyone who has ever completed an apprenticeship will have made at least a few mistakes at some point. Don’t be afraid to make small mistakes occasionally or feel embarrassed by them when they do happen. As long as you work hard and try to learn from any previous mistakes, there is no legitimate reason for you to lose confidence in your own ability. Even the most experienced employers are likely to have made one or two mistakes themselves when they first began their careers.


We hope that these pointers can be of use to anyone who is considering or has already started an apprenticeship. An apprentice is someone who is currently learning a specific trade or occupation, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when it’s needed or be too concerned when small mistakes are made. Although there are likely to be challenges along the way, especially in the current circumstances, you have every reason to feel self-confident in your ability to progress in your career and gain your qualification. The team here at ORCA wish you all the best!