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Apprenticeship CV Template (Text Format)

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Hardworking shop apprentice with six years of working experience across five-star corner shop. Reliable and self-motivated with proven track record of efficient back-counter operation, product knowledge, up & cross selling. Seek opportunities to blend experience with hard work in delivering customer service expectations and improve shop profitability

KEY SKILLS

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Skilled with Point of Sale software (TokenWorks Magnetic Card Reader, Plexis Software Plexis POS)
  • Conversational French speaker
  • Negotiating skills
  • Pallet packing and unpacking
  • Punctuality
  • Time management

EDUCATION

Avon Secondary School, Portishead (2007–2014)

A-levels: Maths (C), French (C), English Literature (B)
GCSEs: 8 A–C including Maths, English, and ICT

WORK EXPERIENCE

Pasture, Bristol
Restaurant Apprentice, Dec 2018 – Present

  • Successfully serving customers at till, leading customer service, and serving food in this three-star restaurant averaging over 250 guests daily
  • Engage customers and enlighten them on product availability and the different types of delivery options to enhance selection process and improve customer retention by 20%
  • Increase order delivery speed by 20% to raise restaurant productivity and improve customer service
  • Led team members on sales activities to include throwing themed events and organising workshops to exceed sales target by 30%
  • Regularly maintain at least a 90% customer service feedback rating
  • Carry out drinks preparation and serving, take orders, and ensure timely delivery of meals for 8 hours daily

Waitrose, Clifton, Bristol

Store Apprentice, May 2017 – November 2018

  • Led and coached 3 new team members on customer service and practical store work over 3 months
  • Participated in sales and cross selling campaigns to achieve sales margin targets of 15% quarterly
  • Handled POS machines, vending machines, rubbish bins, pricing guns, tagging guns, and labellers excellently for 2 years without any property damage complaints
  • Fielded customer complaints and offered workable solutions, leading to a 10% decrease in full refunds

Tesco Express, Broadmead, Bristol
Customer Assistant, May 2015 – March 2017

  • Checked out upwards of 150 customers daily, ensuring they each had a seamless, pleasant experience
  • Greeted and interacted with customers, seeing them all through stages of shopping and payment, leading to a 5/5 customer positive feedback on the website
  • Collaborated with colleagues to efficiently handle customer returns and supported successful activities aimed at improving customer turnover by 15% monthly
  • Stocked shelves, restocked products, and managed stock level inventory of over 200 products ensuring 24/7 product availability on display in a fast-paced environment

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

  • Avid cyclist, regularly participating in regional races
  • Amateur viola player
  • Enjoy socialising with friends

How to write your apprenticeship CV

Before you begin writing, make sure you know how to write a CV in a way that best emphasises your strengths.

Apprenticeships are an opportunity to earn money while you learn practical skills you can use for your whole career. Depending on the qualification level you’re aiming for, an apprenticeship can last between one and five years.

In England, you can start apprenticeships after you turn 16. But you should check the country-specific apprenticeship policies and opportunities if you live in Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland.

Most apprenticeships will be formal programmes (that usually have 20% of time dedicated to structured learning), but apprenticeships that don’t have a formal education component — often called junior or trainee roles — also exist.

No matter the kind of apprenticeship you’re applying for, follow our five tips to write an apprenticeship CV that lands you your desired position:

1. Research your target apprenticeship

If you’re confident you want to do an apprenticeship but are still unsure about the particular field, scan the official UK site for available positions. Job boards will also list apprenticeship opportunities. As you look through the options, consider:

  • the location of the company and the training provider
  • how well the apprenticeship responsibilities match your strengths and interests
  • the length of the apprenticeship (if you’re still unsure about the apprenticeship type, you may prefer to do a shorter apprenticeship)

When choosing a field, think about whether you can see yourself in any one of the careers opened up by that apprenticeship. For example, a banking apprenticeship can lead to a career as a retail banker, change manager, financial risk analyst, etc.

Once you’ve settled on a field, research your target company. Using your research to tailor your apprenticeship CV shows the company you care about working for them and that they should invest in your training.

2. Write a succinct but informative personal statement

Usually written last so that you can take the highlights from the rest of your CV, your CV’s personal statement summarises your qualifications to encourage recruiters to read your application carefully. Aim to include the following in the personal statement of your apprenticeship CV:

  • apprenticeship-relevant qualifications, such as education or skills
  • why you want to do an apprenticeship in your chosen field
  • the name of the target company and why you want to apprentice with them

See how the aspiring apprentice below writes their personal statement:

An apprenticeship CV personal statement describing the candidate's qualifications and why they want to apprentice at the target company. It's written in black, sans-serif text on a white background.
Write a concise personal statement to keep recruiters engaged.

3. Be detailed in your education section

If you don’t have a lot of work experience, expanding on your CV’s education section can do the same job of showing recruiters that you’re diligent and able to be trained.

Write your education qualifications in reverse-chronological order, starting with the highest qualification you’ve earned first. For example, you should list your A-levels before your GCSEs. Only list the qualifications in which you’ve received grades A*–C (or 9–4 for GCSEs after 2019).

If you haven’t completed your formal education, put the expected date you’ll leave school.

4. Include a section that highlights what you’d be like as an apprentice

As you progress in your career, the place to show recruiters your skills and accomplishments is in your CV’s work experience section. But, as a would-be apprentice, it’s natural and expected that you may not have much work experience. Instead, discuss other experiences that show what you’d be like at work, such as:

Emphasise the outcomes of your relevant experiences, including detailing achievements or numerical results. By using specifics on your apprenticeship CV to show what you can do, you give recruiters more confidence to invest in your career development.

Below is an example of a work experience bullet using hard numbers:

  • Field customer complaints and offered workable solutions, leading to a 10% decrease in full refunds

In this example, the candidate highlights an achievement from their hobby:

  • Avid cyclist, 3rd place medallist at the London Revolution Cycle 2021

List experiences that demonstrate transferable skills useful for your target apprenticeship. For example, if you’re applying to a HR apprenticeship, you might add more detail about the teamwork and leadership skills you gained while playing on your local football team.

Generally, your CV should be two A4 pages long. But, with limited experience, aim to have a one-page CV.

5. List general and industry-specific skills on your apprenticeship CV

Apprentices need both hard skills (those learned through formal training) and soft skills (personality-related skills developed through life experience).

Hard skills appropriate for most apprenticeships include basic maths and computer skills.

If you already have some industry-specific hard skills, ensure you put them in the skills section of your apprenticeship CV. For example, if you’re applying for an administrative apprenticeship, you might want to list the phone etiquette and data entry skills that you learnt from your summer job as a cashier. Don’t worry if you don’t have more advanced technical skills — that’s what the apprenticeship will teach you.

Good soft skills for your CV when you apply for an apprenticeship include:

  • communication skills
  • organisational skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • time management skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • self-motivation
  • creativity
  • enthusiasm
  • willingness to be trained
  • good work ethic

If five tips are too many to follow, consider using an online CV builder to create your document in a fraction of the time it’d take you to write it yourself. You can also use a cover letter builder tool if you want to create your full application online.

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Samuel Johns

Samuel Johns is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), recruiting manager, and lead career counsellor on the CV Genius team, with almost 5 years of experience in the career space. He has helped countless job hunters craft high-quality CVs and cover letters, exceed expectations at interviews, and obtain their dream jobs. Born and raised in County Durham in the beautiful North East of England, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in French Language and Literature from the University of Bristol in 2013 and has worked in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, London, Paris, and Taipei as a French–English translator. He’s determined to use his native English and fluent French skills to help UK and French candidates get the jobs they deserve. In addition to the British and French versions of CV Genius, Samuel’s job-hunt advice has been published on numerous websites, including Careers.org, the University of Warwick, the Enterprisers Project, and HR.com. If you’d like to collaborate, please reach out to Samuel through LinkedIn. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts and won’t reply to such requests.