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The Benefits Of Training On The Job13th April 2011, 13:07
Young people have never had so many training and education options available to them, but not all courses allow students to earn money while they learn. Apprenticeships do just that, giving you the opportunity to earn a wage while training on the job.
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with academic study to give apprentices the hands-on experience and the theoretical knowledge they need to get a job in their chosen field. Of course the prospect or earning while learning makes apprenticeships an attractive option, but there are plenty of other reasons why training on the job with an apprenticeship is so appealing.
First and foremost, on-job training gives you the chance to immerse yourself in your chosen sector and experience and learn the skills necessary to the industry you are interested in. Working with experienced staff, you’ll get the chance to observe how the job is done, before trying it for yourself and being subjected to constructive criticism to encourage you to develop your skills.
If you’re the sort of person who finds it easiest to learn things by doing them first-hand then you’d be well-suited to an apprenticeship. Employers put a lot of effort into making sure you get your hands dirty and do a great job on training you to a level where you feel comfortable carrying out tasks on your own.
Earn while you learn
As an apprentice you will work with your employer towards personal goals and have your progress monitored as you go to make sure you are on track. Away from the workplace you’ll learn the academic and theoretical ideas behind the job, which you’ll then get to apply in the real-world.
While some of us are lucky enough to really enjoy our work, the majority of us go to work to get paid and so an obvious benefit of training on the job is that you will earn a wage. The absolute minimum you would earn in your apprenticeship would be £2.50 per hour, but apprentices can and do earn significantly more than that, depending on their job and skill-set.
When it comes to completing your apprenticeship and looking for a job in your field, you may find that you don’t have to look far. According to research 83% of employers rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
So, on the job training allows you to earn while you learn, put into practice the theory you learn outside of the workplace and immerses you into a real work place where you can get expert advice from people who are already doing the job.
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