It was relatively easy to get the job. I applied for an interview on the apprenticeship but was against about 50 other applicants. The thing that really helped me get the job was having evidence of working in the engineering field for a two weeks whilst at school. I had to show that I was interested in mathematics, science and problem solving. As long as you are keen and show that to the employer you are applying to, they will be sure to take you on. As you don’t have the knowledge or experience before you start the apprenticeship, they want you to show that you are keen on training and learning more about engineering. Needless to say I did this and was successful. Then I just had to focus on studies and setting goals for what I wanted to learn in engineering on a 3 monthly basis. This can help when deciding which teams to move around to within the company to gain experience.
i would say if you have the correct background then it would be relatively easy. the way things are at present though is your are fighting against a whole load of people with the same interests, same grades etc so you need to find something that makes you stand out from the crowd, for me when i got my current job as an assistant project manager, the fact that i had 10 years experience in local government helped but i think the fact that i specialise in bridge design and construction won me the job as we are currently building 2 new footbridges in our area.