Top 10 reasons to become an apprentice

Apprenticeships have become increasingly more popular and successful in the last few years. What is it about the schemes that are showing huge success? Here is a comprised list of the top ten reasons to become an apprentice. 

1) Learn while you earn

Apprenticeships offer a great system by which you can earn a fair income whilst undergoing training and developing new skills. The national minimum wage for individuals between the ages of 16-18 and aged 19 and within their first year of apprenticeship is £2.68.  However this is encouraged to be raised to £150 a week by employers. Although this rate is reliant on the judgement of your employer.

Many young individuals are unfortunate enough to find themselves stuck in a catch 22, in regards that they lack the experience to get a job, but can’t get a job to attain the necessary experience. Fortunately apprenticeship schemes offer a foot in the door opportunity to allow those with lacking experience to start their professional career in their desired direction.

There is a great debate in regards what is better Apprenticeships or attending University. There is a simple answer neither… You should invest in the one which is more suited to your needs and take it from there. If you don’t want to attend university then apprenticeships are a great option. They allow you to start training in real work environments gaining experience and skills which can later lead to a career and potentially full time job upon completion.

Apprenticeships allow you to work in real world environments giving the option to gain the essential experience needed. Training received from apprenticeships typically takes place on the job, therefore you are learning in the same environment as you are working.

Apprenticeships are a great option for those aged 16-18 and having recently left school. Many will find themselves with no skills, experience, or training. This is expected, but an Apprenticeship will work to offer you all of the above along with an NVQ in levels 2, 3 or 4. This will help make you a much stronger, more employable candidate in the working world.

The cost of apprenticeships in general is very low. The cost for you to undertake the course is free and the company that provides it to you can receive government funding if they take you on. Therefore businesses are more likely hire you due to the low training costs.

There is a wide range of apprenticeship courses on offer and this is continuing to expand. Therefore there is a high chance that you can undergo an apprenticeship in any career that you want to excel in. Apprenticeships come in three levels these are: intermediate level, advanced level and higher apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship schemes pride themselves in offering a high level of support and guidance. Making sure that any individual’s needs and requirements are met and with the additional offer of support in potential difficult times.

Don’t be misinformed apprenticeship schemes aren’t just for those of a young age, in fact anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education can undergo an apprenticeship.

Past and completed apprenticeships have had a huge success on both the employee and employers behalf. Most who have undergone an apprenticeship have claimed about the huge levels of satisfaction and success that they have had.

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