What to expect as an apprentice in your first week

You’ve found your apprenticeship vacancy, got through the interview, and you’ve been offered a position. Now the countdown to your first day begins. Being nervous about your first day is natural, and it’s worth remembering everyone has been in this position at some point.

Tips and advice for breaking the ice

Everyone is nervous on their first day, but the easiest way to make a good first impression is to be friendly and happy. Greet everyone, introduce yourself, and make sure you smile.

During the first week you’re going to be experiencing information overload. You’ll be meeting a large number of new people and will be getting to grips with a new role in a new environment. Colleagues will be explaining what they do and may use words and software you might not be familiar with.

It is important to listen and try to take it all in, but don’t forget to ask questions. You won’t be expected to know everything in your first week. Questions show that you’re keen to understand how everything works.

After going to the interview you should already have a good idea of how you should be dressing yourself in the workplace. If you have any queries don’t be afraid to give the company a call or an email to double check.

Remember it is always better to be too smart, rather than not smart enough.

Being punctual every week is important, but even more so during the first week whilst you’re still trying to settle in. Plan your journey before you start, test how long it takes to get to work and leave with plenty of time to spare. This will prepare you for any unexpected traffic that may occur on your normal route to work and allow you to still be on time.

Every workplace is different, and you're new, so sit back and be polite! It’s good to be part of the banter but remember you're at work. Remember to be professional and courteous and try to be more formal than you would normally be around your friends and family.

When starting your apprenticeship you must be prepared to be given small jobs that may not seem very important. This acts as a way of easing you into your job role and getting you ready for the work ahead.

Don’t be shy to ask people questions, even if there’s a simple answer. Try and ask your colleagues how long they have been there, and ask simple questions like where to go for lunch.

Remember your colleagues might be nervous themselves, as this is a new situation for them too. Everyone has been in exactly the same position as you, so don’t feel excluded. It takes time for colleagues to get to know each other.

Hear it from one of our own apprentices...

smiling young man

On my first day I was really nervous, but I realised that everyone has been in my position at some point and there really isn’t anything to worry about. The easiest way to make a good first impression is to be friendly and happy. The most important thing is, enjoy your time! You’ve made it onto an apprenticeship, which is already an amazing achievement

Michael Farrell Junior Design Executive. Started with a Business Admin Level 2 apprenticeship.

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