How to write an apprenticeship cover letter

Your cover letter is a separate document to your CV and acts as a personalised response to the job advert. The cover letter is your chance to explain exactly why you’re a great fit for the role and company, addressing key criteria from the job advert. Your cover letter should be clear, concise and personal, and not more than a page long.

Follow these five steps to write the perfect cover letter.

Thoroughly read the job advert to understand the role responsibilities and how your skills and experience meet the requirements. Take note of any essential criteria or skills highlighted in the advert, and make sure you address these with examples in your cover letter.

Research the company to understand what services they offer, its history, and values. Pay special attention to the About Us section of the website, to understand the type of candidate the company is looking for.

Your cover letter should consist of three sections. The first should introduce yourself and identify the role you are applying for. Give a brief outline of why you want the job, and why you’d be a good fit for the position. It should start by addressing the relevant person.

The second section should explain why you want to work for the company itself. Use your research about the company to explain why you support their mission or business aims. Remember to keep it personal and explain why you’d like to work in the company and industry.

The third section should explain exactly why you’re right for the role. Use the eligibility criteria from the job advert as a reference and give examples of how you’re suitable. Your CV will provide extra detail about your skills and experience, so remember your cover letter is the chance to engage with the role and company directly.

Your cover letter should be personalised and tailored to the role and company. Avoid using a template and only include information that’s relevant to the job role. Although personal, your cover letter should be written in a formal style and signed off correctly.

  • Include the full job title and any reference number if provided
  • Explain where you saw the role advertised
  • Keep it to one page
  • Summarise your CV but don’t repeat it
  • Proofread it and send it to others to check grammar

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Now you know how to write the perfect cover letter, find an apprenticeship vacancy in your area. If you need more information, explore the rest of our apprentice guides including preparing for a phone interview and how to write a CV.

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