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Preparing for Apprenticeships

The best preparation for securing a sound and ethical apprenticeship is to develop maturity for the workplace situation, openness to undertaking whatever the employer asks, and a desire to learn beyond just the present situation by going the extra mile. 

Often, employers are looking for the strong character traits of willingness to stretch oneself, openness to new learning, self-responsibility, honesty, promptness, trustworthiness, timeliness, and cooperation. Students should actively seek opportunities to visit workplaces and to gain some sense of the workplace environment, requirements and rhythms. 

Having a CV ready and references from adults in the community, plus evidence of participation in a variety of interests and the ability to articulate why the student feels ready for an apprenticeship are all strong advantages.  Of course, workshop skills and at least Level 1 literacy and numeracy are usual requirements and many employers prefer to select students who have completed at least 4 years of high school and who have earned at least Level 2 credits, even if they have not fully achieved NCEA Level 2 or Level 3. 

Workplace training and Apprenticeships
Workplace training and apprenticeships