Is an Apprenticeship Right for You?

When deciding whether to persue an apprenticeship their are a few things to think about, an apprenticeship is a commitment to study for 1 - 4 years.

However there are a number of misconceptions surrounding apprentices which we have de-mythed below.

We hope that this article proves helpful to your research.

Off the job training means I must go to college one day per week.

Apprenticeships require 20% off the job training, this does not mean that you must attend college once a week. This actually refers to 20% of your normal working hours over the duration of the apprenticeship. This time should be spent learning new knowledge and skills relevant to your job within your normal working hours. This can be accomplished in numerous ways, including sessions with your course tutor, online webinars and learning, buddying and learning colleagues roles within the business and complete functions skills.

An apprenticeship won’t lead to a permanent job.

Whilst completing an apprenticeship you are entitled to an employment contract granting to the same rights as all employees for the duration of your study. According to the latest stats from the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills, 90% of apprentices are offered permanent employment either during their apprenticeship or upon graduation. If you are not offered a permanent position at the end of your apprenticeship you will still hold a new qualification and relevant work experience to aid your next career move!

Apprenticeship qualifications are lower value than college or university courses.

Apprenticeship programmes are created as an alternative to college or university, they allow you to work within a specific and relevant industry as you learn. Qualifications available to study on an apprenticeship vary from GCSE to master’s degree level and will take between one and four years to complete dependent on level. Overall, those who go to college or university come out with BTEC, A levels or degrees by the end and apprentices also come out with a formal qualification (such as an NVQ or BTEC).

Apprenticeships are only for lower level, entry level qualifications.

Programmes are available to those with a variety of experience and offer qualifications from GCSE through to master’s degree level.

Apprenticeships are only for people who do not have qualifications.

As long as the apprenticeship you are considering involves a sufficient amount of new learning or you are looking to update outdated skills and you are not currently in full-time education then you would be eligible to begin an apprenticeship regardless of previous qualifications held.

Apprentices must work full-time.

Although most apprenticeships require a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week part-time apprentices are available and should be discussed with the employer. Part-time apprenticeships require a minimum of 16 hours per week.

University graduates earn more than apprentices.

Statistically in recent years this has not been the case and top apprentices can expect to earn tens of thousands more than graduates within their lifetime. Apprenticeships allow you to begin earning immediately whilst continuing in your education, allowing you to gain years of full-time work experience versus full-time education to degree level. You do not pay to learn whilst on an apprenticeship, in fact you get paid by an employer to work or them throughout the duration of the course, this is the mirror opposite when it comes to university degrees which will usually set you back thousands before you become qualified to work. There is a rising number of graduates who are struggling to secure positions relevant to their degree post university.

Apprenticeships are only for school leavers/ I’m too old to do an apprenticeship.

Most may believe that you must be aged between 16 – 25 in order to begin an apprenticeship however apprenticeships do not have a maximum age limit. You must be over 16 and no longer in full education in order to begin an apprenticeship.

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