Our award-winning apprentice scheme is now open for applications.
The successful 2018 intake will embark on a four-year bespoke placement, following a number of distinct pathways – giving individual career progression in areas as varied as build and assembly; field sales; technical product design; and manufacturing operations.
With such a diverse array of roles on offer, as well as the offer of full-time employment to all the apprentices who’ve successfully completed their placements with us, the competition is naturally fierce.
So, we aked Simon Cutler, our Learning & Development Manager, to share his top tips for a winning application.
Show your passion
Above everything else, we’re looking for people with a passion for engineering and manufacturing. If you’re fascinated by how things work and have hands-on skills that we can help you to hone and develop, then tell us. You might have a portfolio of design work from school or college, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be academic – if you’ve customised a bike, work part-time in a garage or can repair electronic equipment, we’d like to hear about it.
Go above and beyond
Although we’re looking for people with engineering aptitude and growth potential, we’re also interested in the person as a whole. Can you bring your application to life by sharing examples of voluntary work, achievements in sport or the arts, or additional certifications like first aid or perfect attendance? Can you demonstrate experience of working in or leading a team? Character, commitment and independence will be valued highly.
Tell us about us
What is it about Ishida that inspires you? We’re looking for individuals that really want to work with us and will grasp the opportunity with both hands – so when writing your covering letter, be sure to show some understanding of what we do at Ishida. Familiarising yourself with our technology, terminology and markets will give you plenty to talk about if you’re called for interview.
Prepare to present
We know presenting doesn’t always come naturally to people, but it’s an important skill for most careers and needn’t be nervewracking as long as you’ve prepared and rehearsed. The final interview stage includes a presentation to our selection panel, so take any opportunity to practice articulating your thoughts in front of an audience.
For further information on our apprenticeship scheme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or read Hannah Clarke’s story for a real insight into what life as an Ishida apprentice is like.