The Secret Diary of a TFL Apprentice - Daniel (Day 4)

Thinking about becoming an apprentice? TfL apprentice Daniel has been through the whole process from application to apprenticeship. In this diary entry he shares his top tips for landing an apprenticeship and making the most of it when you do.

Daniel Clifford is a civil engineering apprentice at Transport for London. This is the fourth in a series of behind-the-scenes diaries of his apprenticeship to find out what it's really like to be a TfL apprentice.

What school subjects would you recommend for engineering apprentices? “I think that the subjects that would benefit you most would be maths, science, English, ICT, any engineering related subjects such as applied engineering or design and technology.”

How should you prepare for applications and assessment? “You should practice and prepare wherever possible before assessments and applications and always double and triple check before submitting them.”

How do you impress someone during an interview?

“Always keep a good attitude towards interviews and applications as negativity can be conveyed unintentionally during interviews and be recognised as lack of confidence and work against you.”

Ok, I’ve landed the apprenticeship. What’s the most important thing I need to know? “Time keeping is very important. You should always be on time to work (and to any interviews or assessments you may have to attend). Always leave yourself plenty of time and try to arrive early as it can make a poor first impression. If you have a consistent lack of time keeping it can ultimately result in a disciplinary.”

How can you stand out as an apprentice? “Getting stuck in is a key part of being an apprentice, you may bring knowledge or information to the table that others don’t have, or grasp ideas quicker than others and vice versa. It is important to be vocal and share with each other to keep a good positive attitude and atmosphere in the work place (and keep everyone on the same page).”

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