Apprenticeships & LocationPosted: 3rd of March 2015 by
The number of apprenticeships on offer has grown substantially in the last few years and looks set to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Not only has the number of apprenticeships increased but so has the range of options available to those wishing to learn a skill or trade. Whether you are interested in fashion, engineering, or finance, there is an apprenticeship scheme out there to suit you – at least if you live in the right place!
Apprenticeships, unlike academic courses, are like real jobs, tied to real companies who need to operate successfully to stay in business. While universities seek tuition fees from their students, those companies who offer apprenticeships have to offer a wage alongside the training – creating a very different working model. They cannot operate in isolation to the communities around them, and so it only follows that the exact range of apprenticeships on offer in your local area will differ from place to place. To take a ridiculously obvious example, you wouldn’t expect to find many sea-based apprenticeships in Leicestershire!
It is not just the type of apprenticeship on offer that may be affected by your location, but also the amount of apprenticeships that are available. Sadly, it follows that those areas with higher unemployment may well have less apprenticeships on offer. This is not always the case, as there are always exceptions, but it is clear that your location has an impact on what apprenticeships you may be able to pursue.
You can search to see what opportunities are available right here on NotGoingToUni (see the search tab), but a decent knowledge of the types of employment on offer in your local area will also offer a solid clue.
However, if you manage to find an apprenticeship to suit you, there is every chance it will lead to a real job. Rather than learning skills for a position that doesn’t exist where you live, the apprenticeship framework offers you the chance to get trained in something that you can then get employed to do full time. In fact, many apprentices go on to work with the very company they studied with once they qualify.
Learning a trade in your local community also helps give back to that community – supporting local business and putting back into the economy where you live. So, while an apprenticeship is tied to the location where you live, and the opportunities that are available will differ accordingly, you can be safe in the knowledge that you are not learning a trade that you will then struggle to find work in without having to move somewhere else.
For more on Apprenticeships, see:
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