We hope the New Year is going well for you so far and you’re still sticking to your resolutions. As promised, here’s the second part of our A-Z of apprenticeships. This is a handy A-Z of what you can expect as an apprentice. We’ve just got N-Z left to cover. For A-M see our part 1 blog article here.
Take Initiative, once your co-workers have gotten to know you in the office, don’t be afraid to kick your relationships up a notch. Show an interest in their hobbies and even make plans outside of work. Making new friends is a great perk of working.
You can even gain higher qualifications through apprenticeships, such as HNC’s, HND’s, foundation degrees or honours degree’s. Your apprenticeship will be very rewarding. Once you have finished your apprenticeship, you'll have many options open to you. You may have the chance to carry on working within the same company, or look for a similar job in a different company. Having experience is very important when getting a job, so being able to show that you've got that plus qualifications will give you a advantage over other applicants that apply.
You earn whilst you learn. So no student loans, no tuition fees, and hopefully no debt. Your employer will pay you a salary, and the government tends to cover the cost of the training for young people. Also whilst on your apprenticeship, you'll be treated like a regular employee of the company in that you'll get a certain amount of paid holiday per year.
Apprenticeships are structured training programmes, which give you the chance to work towards a qualification whilst working. They help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen industry.
An apprenticeship really makes climbing up the career ladder a reality. Working your way up is the only way to progress and that stepping stone in to certain companies that may have otherwise been off limits really is your first step.
You’ll gain new skills that you need to succeed in your chosen industry whilst developing skills you already may have.
Being part of a team may seem daunting at first but once you’ve settled in you’ll soon see how great it is. Having a team or better yet ‘friends’ around you that can support you through the highs and lows of working in invaluable.
Unlike university, with apprenticeships there are no student loans, no tuition fees, and hopefully no debt.
Apprenticeships offer a variety of learning experiences. You won’t have to spend every day studying; most of the time you’ll be working at a company.
Most apprentices work Monday to Friday so the weekend is yours to do as you please.
Hopefully there’ll be no need for theses as you’ll learn the importance of health and safety in the work place and will be your employer’s priority.
The government tends to generally cover the cost of training for young people so you can simply just focus on learning.
Time will fly by: your time as an apprentice will go quickly as you’ll be learning new skills and experiencing new things every day. Expanding your knowledge on your desired industry whilst learning all the ins and outs of your company. One year of your life is such a short amount of time to invest in shaping the rest of your future.
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