What are my next steps after being offered an apprenticeship?

Written on: 9 July 2019

Written by: Amanda McCombie

Topic

[Apprentices]

First of all, congratulations on securing your apprenticeship! It has taken lots of hard work and preparation to get to this point and you should be very proud. But what happens now? You have been given the good news by your Recruitment Consultant and you have accepted the position, what happens next?

Relax!

If possible, take a moment to relax. Soon you will be working full-time hours with more responsibility, welcome to the world of work! We all know the interview process can be stressful, so give yourself some time to relax and celebrate your achievement. 

Get prepared

There are lots of ways you can prepare for your first day. Your new employer will send you a letter confirming your start date and the details for your first day. You will also receive a copy of our “Apprenticeship Survival Guide”. This will give you an idea of what to expect, who to go to and other top tips and tricks to help you on your apprenticeship journey.

Plan out your journey

You may have visited your new place of work when you attended your interview, but making a one-off journey is very different from commuting every day. Think about how you are getting there, will you be taking public transport? Is there any walking involved? Could weather affect this? The last thing you need is to be late for your first day, so a top tip is to do a test run to make sure you can get there in good time.

Do your research

Before you attended your interview you will have looked into the company and found out as much as possible but here’s your chance to do some last minute research and get to know the company you are starting with. Check out their website, do they have a meet the team page? This could be a handy way to familiarise yourself with your new colleagues. Have a look at the company’s social media and read any recent news stories that feature them. Not only will this give you a good base of knowledge, it will make you feel more confident walking in on your first day. 

Get organised

Your new employer may require you to provide certain details on your first day, this could be your national insurance number or form of ID (birth certificate or passport). If this is the case, make sure you have these to hand and pack them in your bag ahead of time. They may also send you some induction paperwork to complete prior to your start date, so make sure this is completed and ready to hand over when you arrive.

Plan your outfit

You may also want to think about what you will wear for your first day and have this laid out and ready. Your visit to the office may have given you some idea of the dress code but don’t be afraid to ask your Recruitment Consultant to confirm this for you. Our advice is to dress smartly for your first day, even if there may be a “smart/casual” dress code, this way you can see how others interpret the dress code without feeling out of place or underdressed.

So now you have filled in your paperwork, read over your Survival Guide, planned your route and ironed your outfit, all we can advise is to get an early night and be yourself! Good luck!

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