There are hundreds of advantages of apprenticeships, from gaining a vocational qualification, to getting a head start in your chosen profession. Here’s 7 reasons why you should consider doing an apprenticeship.
Earn While You Learn
During apprenticeships you work full time so are earning a steady salary and will study part time towards a vocational qualification. Minimum wage is £4.15 but most companies pay more than that. Salary varies depending on the industry, with the average apprentice salary for banking and finance being £20,218!).
Get a Headstart In Your Chosen Career
One main advantage of apprenticeships is you’ll be gaining valuable work experience whilst studying. You’ll be able to gain a headstart over people leaving college and university who won’t have as much work experience as you.
ZERO Student Debt
No matter what level of apprenticeship you’re taking, you don’t have to pay to take classes. This is great, especially if you’re taking a degree apprenticeship as you can leave your apprenticeship with a degree and without any student debt.
Apprenticeships help you to develop work specific skills to your chosen industry. Apprentices also develop ‘soft skills’ from working, which employers love such as communication skills, the ability to work to deadlines and under pressure, teamwork, and problem-solving.
During your apprenticeship you’ll get mentoring and support from your employer and develop a close working relationship with people within your organisation. You’ll also meet people within your industry. You never know when a contact might come in handy!
Opportunities for Progression
Whilst you’re not guaranteed a job at the end of the apprenticeship 90% of apprentices are employed after their apprenticeship ends, and 71% of them stay with their employer. You can work your way up the levels of apprenticeships from GCSE level to Masters degree level.
As you’re still learning you’re technically a student! You can get a student card and discounts at hundreds of retailers & restaurants!