How To Write an Apprenticeship Cover Letter (With Examples)
Apprenticeships are one way to attain job-specific technical skills and experiences. When you are applying for an apprenticeship, a well-written cover letter can be an effective way of gaining the attention of potential employers. Taking the time to ensure you write a good apprenticeship cover letter will improve your chances of being accepted. In this article, we discuss the importance of apprenticeship cover letters, how to write them and provide you with some examples.
Why is an apprenticeship cover letter important?
Whereas your CV includes the comprehensive details of your qualifications and experiences, your apprenticeship cover letter is important because its aim is to persuade the reader that you are the best candidate. It's an opportunity for you to explain why your unique skills and abilities are relevant to the apprenticeship.
Cover letters also give potential employers an insight into your personality. You can use them to convey your passion or enthusiasm for the opportunity, or the industry in general. While you may not always be asked to submit a cover letter, it's almost always a good idea because it helps you to stand out.
How to write an apprenticeship cover letter
Before you begin writing your apprenticeship cover letter, read the relevant details carefully. Familiarise yourself with the requirements and qualifications listed. You can adapt the following guidelines and steps as you see fit, but they are a good template for writing an effective cover letter. The steps are as follows:
1. Research the company
Once you have found an apprenticeship that you're interested in and have familiarised yourself with the requirements, research the company itself. Aim for your cover letter to be specific to both the role and company in question. Doing your research beforehand will show whoever reads your cover letter that you are both serious and diligent. Try to find out who is receiving your cover letter and some information about the company's principles and values.
2. Address the recipient by name
Your research into the company will have ideally revealed who will be receiving your application and cover letter. Addressing them by name is the first way to show them that you are diligent and serious. It will also help your cover letter stand out among the many others that will begin with a generic "Dear Sir/Madam". If you are unable to find out their name, address them by their professional title, such as "Dear Hiring Manager".
3. Convey your interest in the apprenticeship
The recipient of your cover letter likely receives a lot of applications. Specifying what you are applying for at the beginning provides clarity for the reader, who will appreciate it. State the specific apprenticeship you wish to apply for and the name of the company or organisation. You can also introduce yourself by name and mention where you heard about the apprenticeship.
4. Talk about your relevant qualifications
Almost all apprenticeships will require some prior qualifications or skills. These could be GCSEs, A-Levels or certain technical skills. Mention all the required qualifications and skills that you have. After that, you can go on to list any additional skills, experience and qualifications that could be relevant to the role.
5. Talk about why you're a good candidate
Your research will have informed you of the company's priorities. Combined with the specific requirements for the apprenticeship, these will allow you to specify why you are the best candidate. If you are required to have a GCSE in a specific subject, but you also have an A-Level in it, this will increase your chances. Talk about where your personal values align with the company's, along with any soft skills you possess that are generally desirable.
After you've presented yourself as a desirable candidate, thank the reader for their time. You can also add a final remark about your eagerness to discuss your candidacy further. Close the cover letter politely and give your full name, phone number and email address. If you're applying through an online system, your contact details are usually requested elsewhere. In this case, just close with your full name.
7. Proofread your cover letter
Proofread any cover letter that you write before you send it. Re-read the cover letter and check it for spelling or grammar mistakes. Ensure that the paragraphs are not too long and that your language is professional. Try to assess how persuasive your cover letter would be from the perspective of a recruiter. You can also ask a friend or relative with relevant experience to give you their feedback.
Here is a three-part checklist for when you re-read your cover letter. Ideally, your apprenticeship cover letter will be:
If your cover letter's first draft is longer than a single page, remove some of the less relevant parts. Check it to make sure you are not using language that is flamboyant or unprofessional. Make sure you have communicated everything in a clear and straightforward manner.
Even if you use a master copy or template to write a cover letter, this will not be evident to the reader. Your cover letter must appear to be specifically written for the apprenticeship and company in question. Your research into the company will help you achieve this.
The role of your cover letter is to persuade the reader that you are the best candidate, whereas your CV merely informs them. It contains all of the necessary qualifications and skills that you possess, and highlight your personal attributes and soft skills. Relating stories or experiences is more persuasive than simply listing your skills.
Apprenticeship cover letter examples
In the following section, we've provided two examples of effective cover letters for apprenticeships, based upon the steps listed above. You can use these as a general guide or template when writing your own cover letters:
Dear Ms Watson,
My name is Ronald Mackay, and I am writing to you with regard to the ABC Electric Company's electrician apprenticeship programme. I'm very eager to pursue this profession and believe that I have a natural aptitude for it.
As required, I possess GCSEs in English, maths and physics with good grades. In addition to other studies, I also went on to complete A-Levels in physics and maths, as I naturally gravitated towards these subjects. I have been working for a construction company since finishing school, and this has exposed me to a lot of work with electricians and others on building sites. I often lend my assistance to them, and this has taught me a lot about wiring processes and electrical safety. These experiences convinced me that I would thoroughly enjoy pursuing a career as an electrician.
In addition to this, I am an excellent communicator and have had a lot of experience dealing with clients. I have had to cooperate with many individuals in differing roles in my work, which has also granted me an organisational mindset. My strong attention to detail has also been an asset, and I wish to bring this to the electrician profession.
Thank you very much for considering my application, and I look forward to hearing back from you soon.
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Dear Mr Venables,
My name is Patricia Clarke, and I wish to submit my candidacy for the finance apprenticeship at Vaughan Global, which I saw advertised on the Indeed website.
I'm very keen to pursue a career in accounting, which I understand to be the focus of the apprenticeship. Your company is very well respected in this regard, and I am eager to learn at Vaughan Global. As your requirements stipulate, I have an A-Level in accounting, and GCSEs in English and maths with excellent grades. I also have an A-Level in maths.
My school also offered software courses and I completed the introductory course in accounting software. This further confirmed my desire to learn accountancy. I have a very critical and organisational mindset, which was useful to me when I worked part-time as an administrative assistant.
I am very thankful for your consideration of my application, and I look forward to discussing it with you further.