Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular. And with the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week on this week, we’ve decided to comprise a list of the top reasons to become an apprentice.
1. Earn while you learn
By undertaking an apprenticeship you’re not only avoiding university fees, you can make an income while training and developing new skills, too. Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff. You may also be entitled to other elements of a remuneration package such as a pensions scheme and free private health care.
2. Great for school leavers
Apprenticeships are a great option for those aged 16-18 and having recently left school. Many will find themselves with no skills, experience, or training. This is expected, but an Apprenticeship will work to offer you all of the above along with an NVQ in levels 2 and 3. This will help make you a much stronger, more employable candidate in the working world.
3. Practical and relevant experience
Apprenticeships usually take place on the job; therefore you are learning in the same environment as you are working. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, and offer a structured programme that coaches you through the skills you need to be successful. The modules you decide to study will provide you with the essential knowledge needed for your future career.
4. Strengthen your CV
Apprenticeship schemes offer a foot in the door opportunity to allow those with lacking experience to start their professional career in their desired direction. More than 80% of apprentices said that their career prospects had improved, and this is no fluke. With an apprenticeship, you will have gained at least a year in the industry, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer.
5. A viable option instead of attending university
Choose an education path that’s suitable to your needs. Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, allowing you to start training in real work environments that can potentially lead to a full-time employment. Experience counts for a lot in the workplace and many degrees are not vocational, meaning that graduates can find themselves leaving university with very few real-life skills.