Apprenticeships have gone through a complete evolution in the last few years. In the past, apprenticeships were for more practical and vocational careers however this is no longer true. The Government has poured millions of pounds into the scheme and there are now more than 280 different apprenticeships available in a huge variety of fields that you might normally think you would need to attend University for.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a paid job with training. You typically work for 4 days a week and attend college / training provider for just 1 day a week.
This allows you to be in full-time work as well as continuing your education and gaining qualifications.
Through an Apprenticeship you earn a salary, gain qualifications and get real working experience. On average, 92% of apprentices are offered a full time job after they finish.
Who offers Apprenticeships?
A huge variety of employers offer Apprenticeships, from small local businesses to large national companies. A foot in the door with some of these companies would be the start of an incredible career.
Apprenticeship wages vary company by company – it is their decision how much they pay you. It is dependant on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship. Apprenticeships on average are paid £200 per week and sometimes significantly more. In addition to salary, apprentices are also entitled to the same rights as all other employees; a contract, minimum 20 days leave per year plus bank holidays, sick entitlement and any other benefits employers may offer.
You earn while you learn… you are paid as an apprentice and the Government pays for your training so there are no student loans, no tuition fees and no debt!
You gain a qualification… by the end you’ll have another qualification to add to your CV and be able to present yourself as a knowledgeable and experience professional to potential employers. Your qualification can also help you to move on to university later if that’s what you want.
You gain valuable experience… you get ahead of university graduates by gaining experience in the real working world. Your developed skills in your chosen industry prove to employers you are an asset!