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Our Apprenticeship Programme

Applications and assessment days can be daunting if you aren’t used to them. Here’s how it works at VWFS.

The aim of our assessment process is not to catch you out, it’s to assess your suitability for us, and our suitability for you. We try to create an atmosphere where you can relax, be yourself and perform to the best of your ability. We really pride ourselves on our selection process. We like candidates to enjoy themselves, learn more about themselves and learn more about what we do too.

Key dates for your diary

The Application window opens in October and closes in December

When you’re applying for your Placement role, don’t feel as though you have to get your application in on 1st October. Each application will be judged on its merits, not on how early it arrives. Take the time to do it well. Of course, that doesn’t mean leave it until 31st December, either!

We'll be in contact if you make the shortlist

We have a range of shortlisting methods, because this helps us to ensure that we’re fair in our assessments and that we identify the right candidates with the right skills. Rest assured, if you make a strong application, we’ll spot it.

Video Interviews between November and January

Never done a video interview before? Don’t panic! It’s all in the preparation. Treat it like a face-to-face interview, prepare in exactly the same way and you’ll be fine. We added a few tips for video interviews below.

Your Assessment Centre will be in Milton Keynes in February

We think of the Assessment Centre as your chance to learn about us, as well as our chance to learn about you. So introduce yourself to everyone, ask plenty of questions, and make sure we get to know the real you. Above all, enjoy it!

Some Tips

Tips for your Application

  • Your application doesn’t have to be done in one hit. Give yourself time to do it properly.
  • Take the time to think about your answers and, if required, write notes on paper before completing the form.
  • Check for spelling and grammar errors.
  • You should receive a confirmation email – check you do so you know that your application has arrived safely.

Tips for your Video Interview

  • Make sure you know how your technology works. Check in advance that you can adjust the volume and camera settings easily if required.
  • Think about what’s in the background. Choose a room that is quiet and a background that is neutral.
  • How do you look? Make sure the room is well lit and check your appearance is professional and appropriate.
  • Dress to impress. Treat your video that same as a face-to-face interview. Dress for an interview, be smart and sit up straight – shoulders back!
  • Sit where you can speak freely. So, for example, don’t try and interview from a busy coffee shop...

Tips for your Assessment Centre

  • Arrive early, look smart and make sure you bring everything you need.
  • Be confident and introduce yourself to people.
  • Plan in advance. What would you like people to know about you? What would you like to know about us?
  • Try and relax. This is your opportunity to get to know us, and we want to get to know the real you too. 

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