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To become an apprentice you have to convince the employer that you are the right person for the job. Although competition for places is often fierce your academic record is not the only thing employers will judge you on. Good qualifications are definitely an advantage, and the usual minimum requirements are 3 'Cs' at GCSE in Maths, English and Science. However the main things employers are looking for are enthusiasm and motivation.
Employers are looking to recruit well motivated young people. Those who can demonstrate genuine interest tend to do well in interview. Relevant work experience, part time jobs, or if you have done voluntary work is all useful. We strongly recommend that you contact engineering companies yourself. Pick up the phone and show them you're keen!
If you are lucky enough to be successful and are offered an apprenticeship then the world is at your feet! You will have been given a fantastic opportunity. However, apprenticeships are not easy. You have to complete your studies whilst being in full time employment. You will have to work hard and maintain high levels of commitment for several years.
Apprentices earn whilst they learn. How much you get paid varies depending on your company. You may start on a modest salary during your first year which is usually spent at college, but this will probably step-up each year until qualification.
Two things are worth remembering. Engineering apprentices are highly valued and on average earn more than apprentices in other industry. Secondly qualified engineers are always in demand and are well paid.