Monday, 18 January 2016

Why pick an apprenticeship?

There are over 150,000 employers offering apprenticeships in over 170 industries in the UK – and this figure is increasing every year!

But why pick an apprenticeship? Check out our top four tips to why you should consider one.

1) Earn while you learn

We’ll start with quite a big draw – you’ll receive a wage and paid holiday. Depending on the employer, learning will either be on a one day a week basis, or in blocks of several days. They’re either offered in the workplace or at a local college.

2) Preparation for working

Each week you’ll be working alongside experienced staff while gaining job-specific skills and earning a wage! Due to the nature of your study it enables you to develop your knowledge and skills quickly. And your employer will provide you with practical experience so you can put your new skills to the test! What better way to prepare for full-time work?

All apprentices will work at least 30 hours a week.

3) You’ll receive a qualification

At the end of the apprenticeship you’ll receive a qualification such as NVQ, HNC, City & Guilds, BTEC, or City and Guilds award. All of these are national, recognised qualifications that will look great on the CV!

4)     You could go on to university

Once you complete your apprenticeship you may be able to go in to permanent work with your current employer, look at other jobs or, with your new qualification, go into higher education. There are different things to consider before going to university or college but we have lots of helpful advice on ucas.com to get you started.

Want to know what it’s like to be an apprentice? Read the journey of award-winning apprentice Lucy in this blog post.

Check out the UCAS Progress search tool to look for apprenticeships near you. If you have any questions about apprenticeships send us your questions on Facebook or Twitter.

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