We’ve all been there: 16 years old and expected to make a decision on what direction to take your career in. This is a lot of pressure and there is no way to predict what you might or might not enjoy.
So, just to make it a little easier, we’re going to count down the top 10 incredible facts about apprenticeships that you probably didn’t know.
1. You can get a degree while earning
What’s this? We hear you say. That’s right, every apprenticeship is different and there are various different qualifications which can be achieved. Employees are looking for the best candidates and who better than someone who has had real life experience and gained excellent employability skills.
Degree apprenticeships are still fairly new, but you heard it here first. They are currently only available in England and Wales.
2. Employer recognition
Employers recognise that apprentices can bring a great amount of enthusiasm, skill and loyalty to a role within their company.
According to a new survey carried out by ICM on 500 major English companies, they were asked to rate the employability of various different qualifications. Apprentices were ranked most desirable at 15%, which scored higher than any of the other applicants in the survey.
This means that not only can you gain a qualification without the debt, but you may even become head-hunted by many prestigious companies.
3. The choices are widespread
The list of apprenticeships you can do is endless! Many people believe the options you have are limited, but you wouldn’t believe the choices and variety that you have… ready to be mind-blown?
First, sit down and have a think about what you’re good at, (before you say anything, everyone is good at something) and what interests you. There really is an apprenticeship to suit every skill. So don’t worry too much if you have no idea, take a look at some different areas that might interest you or someone close to you and give us a call so we can give you a hand.
There are apprenticeships available in over 170 different industries!
That is the beauty of becoming an apprentice; there is something for everyone at every academic stage.
4. 90% of apprentices stay in work
Okay, so you secure an apprenticeship and you’re wondering where it might lead to. A whopping 90% of apprentices find a job within the field they are interested in very quickly after finishing an apprenticeship.
Not only have you gained a qualification, but the work experience and contacts you achieve really do help you go that extra mile, and greatly improve your career prospects.
5. You can be any age over 16 to do one
There is no age limit, Apprenticeships are a training opportunity for people of all ages. They are not just for school leavers.
Apprenticeships have no upper age limit and are also available to existing employees within an organisation. This means that they can develop talent and help and encourage employees to climb the career ladder.
Just remember, you are never too old to gain a qualification. Take that next step to build a career, there’s nothing holding you back!
6. Fully funded qualification
Best part about it, you don’t have to pay a penny! Not at any age. Organisations are given a levy to fund apprentices. So there is no extra cost on your behalf. All that you earn is for you to keep after tax (if applicable).
7. Holiday pay
Just like everyone else in the workplace, you will receive holiday pay and bank holidays, it’s all in the contract and every part of having a real job because it is a real job!
Holiday pay is just one of the many bonuses of gaining an apprenticeship. Alongside your wage you will be entitled to time off to take a break from your exciting day to day learning.
8. Different progression opportunities
There are a variety of different progression routes after you have finished your apprenticeship, For example: Apprenticeship NVQ Level 2 – Engineering, progression onto NVQ Level 3 –Engineering Apprenticeship.
The level of Apprenticeships are as follows…
- Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeships)
- Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeships)
- Level 4+ (Higher Apprenticeships) which also include:
Levels 4+6 Degree Apprenticeships
- Related vocational qualification
The choice is all yours!
9. You can study at work or college
All apprenticeships require at least a year of employment, with off-the-job training accounting for at least 20% of the apprentice’s employed time. This requirement applies to apprenticeships at all levels.
For some apprentices this means that they might train one day a week at a college. However, for many employers they believe that it is more worthwhile to keep the apprentice on-site at all times as it is deemed more beneficial for their learning (in some cases).
Off-the-job learning focuses on teaching new skills rather than developing existing ones. However anything that is asked of the apprentice outside of the job description can class as part of the 20%.
10. You don't feel as though you're still in education!
No more sitting behind a text book for hours! Every individual learns in a different way so you can soak up all that time learning on the job. With an apprenticeship you will be learning on-the-job, doing different things every day and challenging yourself in new ways.
Apprenticeships are challenging, rewarding and motivational all in one.
Learn while you earn but more importantly, enjoy it!
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