What makes a good apprentice? Essential habits to learn on the job

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There are many benefits to completing an apprenticeship in your chosen field. Not only will you learn the essential skills that are specific to your industry – regardless of whether that's construction, IT or horticulture – you'll also gain experience in other ways that are transferable to different sectors.

In this article, we'll be taking a look at why these non-job-specific skills are so important, and at how good working habits as an apprentice can form and solidify these attributes.

There are countless reasons why an apprenticeship is the right way to start a career. Completing an apprenticeship is about far more than simply learning technical skills.

Why non-job-specific skills are important

The first reason why the non-technical skills that you'll learn during an apprenticeship are valuable is that they can be transferred to almost every industry. The days of staying on one path for our entire working lives have come to an end, and today's generation of employees often move between sectors in order to further their careers. In this working environment, essential skills such as good communication, organisation and an ability to work as part of a team become extremely important, as they transcend industries and apply to almost every situation.

Completing an apprenticeship  shows future employees that you have the ability to learn on the job, and operate under instructions.

Another reason is that they'll help you stand out from the pack when looking for employment. When it comes to answering questions about your level of professionalism and traits as an employee, you'll be able to point to specific experiences from your time as an apprentice, and use these to back up your qualities. 

Completing an apprenticeship also shows future employees that you have the ability to learn on the job, and to operate under instruction from a more experienced employee. One common question that we get a lot here at NECA Education & Careers is: should apprentices work alone? The answer can vary depending on the specific job being completed, but by the end of the process, apprentices will have the skills and professionalism required to work both independently and as part of a larger team. 

Apprentices gain a wealth of experiences that can be used throughout their careers. Many of the skills learned during an apprenticeship apply to every industry.

What essential skills are learned during an apprenticeship?

So, the non-job-specific skills learned during an apprenticeship can be incredibly valuable when moving between industries or looking for a job, but just what are these skills, and how does an apprenticeship cultivate them? We've compiled a few of the most important ones below. 

  • Driven: Completing an apprenticeship requires drive and ambition, proving to future employers that you not only have the desire to take on challenges, but are willing to jump in at the deep in and learn as you go. 
  • Detail oriented: In highly technical fields such as electrical work, the smallest details can have an enormous impact on everything from health and safety to the overall quality of the finished job. Completing an apprenticeship in one of these fields shows that you can focus on these details, and have the work ethic to dot every i and cross every t. 
  • Dependable: Completing an apprenticeship is a long process, but by the end of it, you'll have proven your ability to follow through and complete any challenges that you set yourself. 
  • Independent and collaborative: As we've already touched on, the ability to work independently is a hugely important skill that apprentices learn on the job. Just as vital, however, is being able to work as part of a team and take instructions from a supervisor. By completing an apprenticeship, you'll receive experience on both sides of the equation, and carry that forward into all of your future jobs. 

These characteristics and skills are an essential part of what makes a good apprentice, and completing an apprenticeship will clearly demonstrate that you possess these qualities. 

To find out more about the apprenticeship process, contact NECA Education & Careers today.


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