The A-Z of apprenticeships! (Part 1)

6 January, 2017

It’s the start of 2017 and we couldn’t be more excited for another year of searching for future talent. In 2016 we provided many talented young people (16-24) with a way into a new career – via an apprenticeship. Unfortunately, we know that many young adults still don’t recognise the fantastic benefits an apprenticeship scheme can offer and sadly miss out on vital career opportunities. We don’t want that to happen this year, so to kick 2017 off in style we’ve come up with a handy A-Z of what you can expect as an apprentice. For this article we’re just focusing on A-M.

Alternative to university
You could go to University and get into mountains of debt without the possibility of a job afterwards or you could get hands on job experience that an apprenticeship offers.

Building contacts
Once you enter the business world the possibilities are endless and the more people you meet whilst working the more contacts you’ll build up. You just have to ooze enthusiasm and make a great impression. Sometimes, it’s not what you know, but who you know.

Career
Don’t just settle for any old job, start a career in a industry that you’re passionate about and it wont feel like work at all.

Debt
If you choose the apprenticeship route your training costs are paid for by the employee, so you’re actually earning money rather than racking up debts (unlike going to university).

Experience
Experience is a very valuable thing. Sometimes gaining that vital experience in the right workplace can difficult to do, an apprenticeship offers that opportunity and so much more.

Future
Think about where you’d like to be in the next 5 years, or 10 years or even 20 years. An apprenticeship can pave the way for your future. It’s sometimes important to think long term rather than concentrating on short-term gains.

Guidance
You shouldn’t be short for guidance as the company you’ll work for should mentor you through your time there and help you progress. For everything else your apprenticeship provider can assist you – all you have to do is call, email or talk to your assessor when he/she visits you in the workplace.

Holidays
As an apprentice you’ll be entitled to at least 20 paid holidays per year, plus bank holidays.

Invest
Choosing the apprenticeship route is choosing to invest in yourself. You’re essentially investing a short period of your time (which will fly by) for a brighter future. Sounds like a no brainer to us!

Job Prospects
Work hard and show initiative during your apprenticeship and your future job prospects will look very good indeed. Many of our apprentices are actually offered jobs with the company that first set them on as. Failing that, many qualified apprentices then choose to use their experience to further their career by moving to a different company – which they can confidently.

Keeper
Become a keeper! If you impress your employers and learn areas of the business where perhaps no one specialises already you instantly become an asset. Then why wouldn’t they want to keep you?

Learn
You will constantly learn new skills during your time as an apprentice.

Money
You’ll look forward to payday just like every other employee there. The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.30 per hour, but many employers choose to offer more.


So that’s part 1 of our A-Z of apprenticeships, look out for part 2 (N-Z) next week! If you’d like to learn more about an apprenticeship or have any questions please contact us via our website or on our social media channels. 

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