How to write a successful application for an apprenticeship.

You have searched through job advertisements without end and finally found the training that suits you? Then nothing can go wrong now – grab the apprenticeship position! The ticket to your professional future: a meaningful and complete application. You can find out how to do it right here.


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To help you get started quickly, we’ve put together some sample applications to help you with your writing.

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The right attitude.

Writing a meaningful training application is not witchcraft – but still it does not write itself. It is therefore important that you do not take the matter lightly. Put yourself out there for your dream job and submit an application that will knock the socks off recruiters and future bosses. After all, it would be extremely annoying if you miss an important opportunity for your professional future because of a few sheets of paper, or?

In some cases, you can also be successful with a good speculative application.

The right scope.

How to write an application for an apprenticeship?

You want your application to be convincing, but you don’t want to overwhelm the addressee. That means: Give him exactly as much information as is relevant for the training and the description of your person, but leave out empty phrases in the letter of application. It is much better to be specific. If you are applying for an apprenticeship as a teacher, for example, it makes sense to state that you have supplemented your pocket money by babysitting in the last few years and that you are experienced in dealing with children. However, if you completed your school internship at a butcher, this does not matter and can be mentioned in the resume for completeness, but not in the cover letter.

Nevertheless, pay attention: Too little information is also not good. After all, you want to show why you’re the perfect fit for the job. So don’t just write that you are motivated, but also how this shows concretely.

Basically, an application for training consists of:

  • a cover letter (never longer than one DIN A4 page)
  • your resume (no longer than two A4 pages)
  • and certificates.

The right cover letter.

The right contact person

Before you start with the cover letter, make sure that you find a contact person for the application in the job advertisement or on the homepage of the training company. With "Dear Sir or Madam" you are not wrong, but it is easy to get the impression that you have simply sent out your cover letter to many companies according to the copy and paste principle, without being particularly interested in one position. "Dear Ms. Wagner" is much more individual – in the first sentence coupled with the mention of the company name and the job you are applying for.

The right tone

Basically formally address you address your contact persons in the application, even if they are on a first-name basis in the job advertisement. The tone of the cover letter should not be colloquial, but also not too highbrow – it must be clear that you wrote the text and that you mean what you write.

Also important: absolutely correct spelling and grammar! It’s best to have your application thoroughly proofread before you send it out. Because the more often you look at your own text, the easier it is to overlook mistakes.

The right motivation

It is important that the content of the cover letter is meaningful, individual and authentic. In most cases, you don’t have a lot of practical experience before you start your apprenticeship. But that doesn’t matter, as long as you can score with motivation and personality.

The recruiter or your future boss will want to see in your cover letter that you have

  • You are interested in the position as a trainee,
  • you have a desire to learn
  • and fits well into the team.

It is important that you stand out positively from other applicants. For example, if you want to show that you are a team player, mention your experience in team sports or your involvement as a trainer at youth camps. You can find more information on this topic in our tip on how to write the perfect cover letter.

The right resume.

Your resume helps the recruiter to get an impression of you at first glance. It is therefore important that it is clearly structured and complete. The photo goes in the top right-hand corner, followed by personal details, school education, internships and sideline activities, knowledge and interests. The date and signature must not be missing – for an online application, print out, sign and scan in.

Make sure that the resume is clearly structured. This means that you should write it chronologically, starting with the most recent event and writing the dates on the left in month/year format. In addition, it is important that you adhere to formal criteria such as the correct font size and spacing. If you need help here, you can find free tools online, for example at, where you can enter your data in an editor and then receive a ready-made resume.

you want to know more about the art of curriculum vitae? Then check out our tips for writing a resume in English.

The right photo.

You look amazing in your last vacation selfie? That may be, but it’s still a no-go for your application. The photo is the first impression that the recruiter and your future boss get of you. Therefore, you should let professionals handle this and not use any private recordings.

It is important that you come across as likeable – an open smile makes a lot of difference here. If you look grim, have a sexy look in your eyes or appear sleepy, you can easily give the wrong impression. Also, make sure your clothes are neat, your hair is combed, and any makeup is subtle. There shouldn’t be much going on in the background that could distract from your face: White or a light color is a better choice than elaborate patterns or neon colors.

The right certificates.

You have polished your cover letter, your CV looks smart and you have had a sensational application photo taken? Then the finishing touch is missing: The application documents must be supplemented by references. These show the employer which qualifications you already have. But also whether your information in your resume is correct.

When selecting the attachments, you should make sure that you only send the certificates and proofs that are relevant for the training. The certificate of participation in the Math Olympiad is therefore out of place here.

These certificates belong in your training application:

  • School-leaving certificate or the last two school reports (copies only)!)
  • Language test proofs (TOEFL, DELF etc.)
  • Internship certificates
  • Letter of recommendation (teacher, sports coach)
  • Health certificate (if required)
  • police clearance certificate (if required)

Attention: If there are a lot of references on a certificate unexcused If there are missing hours, this does not make a good impression! After all, you are also supposed to attend a vocational school during your training: It will not go down well if you have not taken compulsory schooling seriously in the past. Recruiters will either not invite you at all or ask you about it in the interview.

Everything done right?

Once you have everything you need for your apprenticeship application, you put it all together in one document and usually send it by e-mail. Of course, not without comment, but with a short text such as:

"Dear Mr. Kaiser,

attached you will find my application for the apprenticeship as office administrator.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With kind regards

Then all you have to do is not forget the attachment, click on send and look forward to an invitation to an interview or selection process.

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