How To Choose The Right ApprenticeshipPosted: 2nd of July 2015 by
In order to choose the right apprenticeship it is important to know what you are applying for and how it will meet your expectations and career goals. However, with all the talk of ‘intermediate,’ and ‘higher’ apprenticeships it can seem a little confusing. How do you know what you are letting yourself in for, let alone know that you are choosing the right apprenticeship for you? Don’t worry, we know that nobody as an instant expert on apprenticeships, so here we break down a few of the things you need to know in order to choose the right direction for the next stage of your life, and hopefully help to create a better future for yourself too!
The first thing you need to understand are the different levels of apprenticeship that are available and what they mean. The levels are intermediate, advanced, and higher.
These are good if you are just starting out and especially if you have less than five GCSEs from grade A*-C.
If you have five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C, you should skip the intermediate level apprenticeships and head straight for an advanced apprenticeship. Your GCSEs mean that you are already at this level.
Higher apprenticeships are for those with two or more A-level passes. These are a step up from advanced apprenticeships, although there are less of them currently available, so you may need to look at advanced to find what you need.
Once you have worked out what level of apprenticeship is best for you, you will need to think about what type of apprenticeship you want to do. You may already know what sort of thing you want to do, but equally, you may have no idea at the moment. You may know what you DON’T want to do, but with hundreds of openings in a wide range of areas you have a great deal of choice.
Remember, an apprenticeship is like a real job, except that you will be training while you earn a wage and get work experience. Think about your skills and interests and what sort of work they would suit. Do you want something physical or more office-based? Keep an open mind and search around the opportunities in your local area to see what is available, unless of course, you are willing to relocate? Overall, your apprenticeship has to tie into your career goals as it will act as the first steps on the ladder.
When you have decided upon the level of apprenticeship you want to take and have worked out what you want to train in, it is time to find a suitable employer. Not every workplace is the same, even n the same field. Would you rather work with a large, national or international company, or do you think you would be better off at a smaller, more local company? The larger firms will have more apprentices and maybe even a dedicated training academy, while the smaller companies will probably require you to attend a college or training provider once per week alongside working regular hours. Some may prefer the buzz of a large international company, while others will feel more at home in a more intimate workplace.
Your choice may also be affected by competition for places (higher pay or an established name equals more applicants). Applying for an apprenticeship is like applying for a job, so you may not get on the first one you apply for!
When you apply for an apprenticeship, remember that it is a first step into your future career. Ask yourself if you think the apprenticeship will help you reach your goals and help you on your way to your dream job. Think about the skills you will gain and how they can translate into other workplaces, and think about the industry you are looking to work in. Is it a good sector to find work? Is there room for growth in your career?
There is a lot to consider, but once you understand what sort of apprenticeship you are looking for, making those choices should be a bit easier.
You can get started by searching for some Apprenticeship Opportunities right here!
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