The viability of apprenticeships
People often wonder if doing an apprenticeship will limit the extent of your goals. That is not the case. If we look at a degree, as you progress through the years of it the work gets more excessive and harder because you have more to learn. Your goal may be to graduate and then find your dream job. With an apprenticeship, you can learn and be working in your dream job already and stay there. Studies in an independent survey of employers in England shows that 56% of apprentices stay in the business longer than any other recruits (1). That’s more than half of everyone in the workplace showing the loyalty that apprenticeships have to offer.
Valuable work experience
Experience is everything when you want to shine in the work place because what you’ve learnt before is what will help another business and you’ve got to start with that experience somewhere. When you go into an apprenticeship, you’re building that experience from the beginning. You may not be exactly where you want to be on the career ladder yet, but you are on that ladder and every experience you get along the way will drive you to where you want to be. When you’re on your career journey you may realise your goals change slightly and that is okay. Once you have that experience and qualification you will be applicable for a variety of job roles.
Having a degree does not stop you from upskilling
You may already have a degree but want to change career paths. Apprenticeships are a great way to learn more and learn something new at no cost. If you already have a debt from your degree and don’t want to make it any bigger from studying, doing an apprenticeship can help because you get paid to get the qualification you need to change career paths. The money you earn will help to support you outside of the workplace.
It’s never too late.
Age does not mean you’re not applicable for an apprenticeship. If anything, the older you are the more experience your bound to have which you can be highlighted in your CV and make you shine when it comes to having an interview. Diversity is the key to a great work force. Somethings you will have learnt in your past jobs may help your new workplace to progress.
We understand that apprenticeships are not for everyone, but it could be for you. It’s very important you do your research before applying for an apprenticeship. You need a job that you can travel to with the right hours you can commit to. Something that people tend to forget to do is to look at the individual modules you will be taught about over the course of the apprenticeship. Are they useful and will they help you get to where you want to be? If the answer is yes, apply. If the answer is no, keep looking. There are so many apprenticeships out there with plenty of moulds- you’re bound to fit one of them.