5 Benefits of Doing an Apprenticeship
Posted: 5th of December 2018 by Lewis Scott
Apprenticeships combine a balance of work and study (GOV.UK) and range from Level 2 (Intermediate) to Level 7 (Master’s Degree). Apprenticeships can be a fantastic alternative to the traditional education route for those people who enjoy a more practical, hands-on learning experience. As an apprentice myself, I have come up with five main benefits of apprenticeships.
An apprenticeship allows the student to gain real work experience whilst working towards a qualification. This permits the application of theories into the workplace and generates a greater understanding. It also assists with career path decisions as apprentices can test different areas of work to understand what the future might look like. Work experience allows for a strong CV to be built, making apprentices look attractive to hiring managers as they have the experience in the working world.
Whatever level of apprenticeship a person chooses, the learning element allows a continuation of study to gain the qualifications that companies desire. Further, the real life work issues that an apprentice faces can become the basis for coursework assignments and research projects. The practicality of an apprenticeship can be applied to the theoretical content taught in the classroom.
Apprentices also have the opportunity to learn from business professionals, particularly in larger companies. Learning from line managers, mentors and other team members about the processes they use and their career paths is another quality of apprenticeships that provides more than just a classroom experience.
Earn a salary
The bonus of an apprenticeship is the salary. Most people would settle for the qualification and the invaluable work experience that you can gain; however, the salary element is another factor that mimics a real working scenario. In the case of a degree apprenticeship vs a degree, this is the main attracting factor.
Networking is a skill that university doesn’t teach you; and with more and more professionals entering the workplace each year, this is a vital skill to learn. Within an apprenticeship, networking works on two levels: peers and professionals. Peers are like-minded individuals who share the same views about apprenticeships and can support with regards to the pressures of balancing work and study. The other side of networking happens with professionals, both internally and externally. Internally, as mentioned before, apprentices can network with and learn from professionals in the company. Externally, networking events and masterclasses allow for this crucial skill to be practiced and mastered so that you have connections for potential future career avenues.
Build a Professional Mindset
Something that education alone cannot teach you is a professional mindset. You can be an extremely conscientious individual with a high level of academia, but it is not until you enter the workplace that you can build the professional mindset required to work in any role. This mindset includes elements such as adaptability and flexibility whereby you need to constantly alter behaviours and styles for different working scenarios and situations. Also, the responsibilities an apprentice has does not just impact them and their grades, but also a business, mirroring the world of work further. The work experience of an apprenticeship aids the development of these skills.
For more information about Pearson College London and their degree apprenticeship programmes, visit the Pearson College London.
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