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Apprenticeships - Earn While You Learn27th May 2011, 12:35
Modern apprenticeships are a great opportunity to combine classroom learning with on-the-job training. Getting an education is really important, but for some of us the allure of a earning a wage in paid employment can be distracting, causing us to leave education.
Luckily, there’s a happy medium between the two options, as apprenticeships give you the chance to earn while you learn.
This means you get an academic grounding in your industry and a chance to put it into practice. So, how do apprenticeships allow you to earn as you learn?
On an apprenticeship you’ll spend the majority of your time working for a real business, under a real employer who pays you a real wage for the work you do.
Businesses that employ apprentices are funded by the government so that they can pay you a wage as you train. On the other hand, apprenticeships allow you to learn while you earn by sending you off to study in a local college or training institution for at least one day a week.
The academic side of the apprenticeship will see you working towards a work-based qualification which is relevant to your job. It’s not just the classroom training that allows you to learn while you earn though.
Immersing yourself in a real work environment and getting hands-on experience of the job with support and advice from your fully-qualified colleagues can be a great learning experience.
All apprenticeships are different in terms of the type of work you’ll be doing, the amount of time you’ll spend in the workplace and the amount of time you spend studying. You’d be expected to spend at least 16 hours in the workplace every week, but many apprentices work longer ours than this, and your hours would entirely depend on the sort of job you have. How much can you earn while you learn?
Well, all apprentice jobs must pay a minimum of £2.50 an hour, but your wage will depend on the job you do and the industry your employer is involved in. Many apprentices earn a lot more than this, and you can expect your pay to increase as time goes on and you become more qualified.
Earn while you learn; learn while you earn – whichever way you look at it, an apprenticeship gives you the best of both worlds, allowing you to carry on with your education while scratching the itch to start earning a wage by joining the working masses.
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