Apprenticeship Myths Debunked

Apprenticeship Myths Debunked

Posted in Advanced Level 3, Higher Level 4, 5, 6, and 7, Intermediate Level 2 on Jun 24, 2019 by

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A lot of people are put off by apprentices due to a negative sigma surrounding them. Here’s six of the most common apprenticeship myths debunked.

1. They’re for people who can’t get into university


Apprenticeships provide a different pathway to the traditional university route. You earn a full-time salary whilst studying towards qualifications of all levels – from GCSEs to a masters degree. Many apprentices go on to university through degree apprenticeship programs, and others through the traditional university route following their apprenticeship. Degree apprenticeship programmes are often more competitive than traditional university applications.

2. There’s no where you can go from there


There are six different levels of apprenticeships. You can work your way up from an intermediate level 2 apprenticeship (equivalent of 5 GCSEs) to a degree level 7 apprenticeship and earn a Masters degree. Over 90% of apprentices go onto work or further training after their apprenticeship.

3: They’re only in construction and heavy lifting industries


Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including:

  • retail and commercial enterprise
  • health, public services and care
  • constructing, planning and the built environment
  • engineering and manufacturing technologies
  • education and training
  • leisure travel and tourism
  • agriculture, horticulture and animal care
  • arts, media and publishing
  • business, administration and law
  • information and communication technology
  • science and mathematics

4: They’re only for teenagers


To be an apprentice in the UK you must be aged 16 and over – there’s no age limit! Apprenticeships are a great way to help people of all ages learn new skills and gain vocational qualifications to move into new industries.

5: You’ll just be making tea and coffee


An apprenticeship is a real job, with real responsibility. From day one you’ll be given projects and tasks, where your input and opinions are valued. You’ll be able to put the theory learnt into practice and develop your skills.

6: Apprenticeships don’t earn much money


Whilst apprentice minimum wage is £3.90 an hour, most apprentice providers pay more than this - Jaguar Land Rover pay their apprentices £18,500 a year, which is the same as the average GRADUATE starting salary!

Research has shown that degree level apprentices end up earning more than graduates in the same industry, and higher level apprentices could earn up to £150,000 more in their lifetime than those with level 3 vocational qualifications.


For more information about apprenticeships, check out Gov UK.

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By Clarissa Ducie