Is An Apprenticeship The Right Thing For Me?
By Dayna Spear, March 22, 2019
Hey everyone! I hope you're all well.
It's been a while, but I'm back today with some food for thought for any of you keen to start an apprenticeship, considering one, or simply not sure what your next big step is going to be.
Of course, at Further My Future, we love apprenticeships - there's no denying we praise them and their benefits, however we do understand, like everything, that they may not be absolutely right for everybody.
Despite there being over 400 different apprenticeships to choose from now, some people just prefer to go straight into standard employment or even university, and that's okay - after all, if we all did the same thing, what a boring world we would live in!
Let me explain to you the kind of things you will gain and learn with an apprenticeship, so you can decide if it's for you or not. Without further ado...
Do you want to gain new qualifications?
It goes without saying that one of the main attractions of an apprenticeship is that you gain a qualification at the end of it - whether you're doing a Level 2 or a degree-level apprenticeship, it's a great achievement to finish with something to show for all your hard work, not to mention it looks great on your CV/future job applications.
Do you want to earn money?
If the university loan life isn't for you and you want to start earning money immediately, an apprenticeship is probably a great option for you. As an apprentice, you earn your own wage or salary, giving you freedom in addition to the opportunity to save up. The apprenticeship minimum wage is slightly lower than others, however it's important to note that A) you are in training and not fully qualified in your job. B) most employers do pay significantly more than the minimum wage. What's more, the apprentice minimum wage only applies to apprentices under the age of 19, or apprentices in their first year. After your first year (and if you're 19+) you must be paid the minimum wage for your specific age bracket instead.
Do you want to build up your work experience?
Most importantly, an apprenticeship is a foot in the door of a business or industry you're interested in kick-starting a career in. Also, building up your work experience is extremely valuable in today's competitive workplace and will put you miles ahead of those who have none at all, not to mention it will boost your knowledge and confidence.
Do you want to learn new skills?
From office work to manual work, teaching to consulting, you can learn something totally new with an apprenticeship, without prior experience - after all, apprenticeships are designed for people to learn on the job, so even if you've never held a hammer or sat at a desk before, you'll soon learn exactly how to work at your new job!
Do you want to network?
Even if it's just creating a Linkedin profile with your employer, or attending events and meeting new people far and wide, an apprenticeship can be a fantastic way to network and make connections with people you may never have met otherwise, thus boosting your reputation, personal brand and opportunities.
Do you want to build your confidence?
Significantly, working in a role you've chosen for yourself, meeting lots of new people and gaining masses of experience can boost your confidence by miles and certainly make you feel more relaxed and content in a working environment.
So, there we have it. I'd say these are the main and most important benefits of doing an apprenticeship, so now it's in your hands - do you think it's right for you?
If you're interested in kick-starting your career with an apprenticeship in an industry of your choice, what are you waiting for? Contact us today and see how we can help connect you.