If you’ve found an apprenticeship scheme that is the perfect fit for you, it’s time to start the application process. Along with your CV, producing an enthusiastic cover letter will help ensure your application stands out from the crowd.

A cover letter is a formal letter that accompanies a CV. It should highlight to your potential employer who you are and why you are interested in the role.

Don’t overload your cover letter with an excessive amount of information. The overall aim of your cover letter is to persuade the company to read your CV.

Hints and tips

  • An apprenticeship cover letter should typically be 3-4 short paragraphs in length
  • Tailor your letter specifically to the role and company you are applying for
  • Double-check your spelling and grammar
  • Be concise, honest and enthusiastic

Our step-by-step guide to writing your apprenticeship cover letter

The opening address

The opening address of an apprenticeship cover letter is crucial. You should address your cover letter to the name of the person who will be reading your application. Spend time researching the apprenticeship you are applying for and check for the details of the apprenticeship provider.

By directly addressing the provider, you are reassuring them that this cover letter is specific to their company and apprenticeship scheme. Wherever possible, try to avoid addressing your cover letter to Dear Sir/Madam or To whom it may concern. Recruiters will presume you are sending the same cover letter out to numerous employers.

The correct way to address your cover letter is:

  1. Dear Full Name (e.g. Dear Daniel Smith);
  2. Dear Mr Surname (e.g. Dear Mr Smith); or
  3. Dear Ms Surname (e.g. Dear Ms Smith)

First words

Your first sentence should clarify the role you are applying for and the specific company. This will help clarify to the reader that you are fully aware of the position you are applying for.

For example:

‘I am very interested in the Autocare technician apprenticeship at Alba tyres because…’

Explain your interests

Continue building on your first words by explaining to the reader why you are keen to take on the apprenticeship.

For example:

‘I am very interested in the Autocare technician apprenticeship at Alba tyres because of the programmes focus on hands-on mechanical work.’

Spend a few sentences discussing the aspects of the scheme of interest to you and explain why you are excited. It is important you have done the necessary research into both the apprenticeship and company. The reader wants to hear why you think you’re the perfect fit for the scheme on offer.

Experience and qualifications

This is the time to start explaining your background, skills and experience that make you the ideal apprentice. Keep this content concise and relevant to the apprenticeship you are applying for; you can use your CV to expand deeper into your broader skill set.

This section of your cover letter could include relevant information regarding your work experience, education at school and other desirable attributes that make you the perfect candidate.

Closing remarks

Before closing the letter, be sure to thank the reader for spending the time to consider your application and include a clear sentence to highlight you have attached your CV.

Close the letter with yours sincerely followed by your full name.

For example:

‘Yours sincerely,
Eleanor Stevens’