Apprenticeships in print...TRY IT! What is there to lose?Posted: 18th of June 2015 by Ceri Priddle
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Daniel Pelly, 20, believes that an apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain both knowledge and experience which is crucial to getting a job today.
Why did you choose an apprenticeship?
I chose an apprenticeship due to the fact that going to uni doesn’t guarantee me a job anymore like it used to, nowadays employers want experience within a desired role or industry. I believe that an apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain both knowledge and experience which is crucial to getting a job today.
What’s your favourite part of your apprenticeship?
It’s really hard to choose one part of my apprenticeship as my favourite, but if I had to choose it would be the fact that I know that I’m gaining knowledge and experience due to the fact that it is very hands on.
What are your goals for the future?
I would like to progress up the ladder and into management in the future, however I have always had a passion and strong interest in marketing and advertising. Before deciding to do my apprenticeship, I had a place at University to study Advertising and Marketing, so I would also like to progress my career into this field where possible.
If someone wasn’t sure about an apprenticeship, what would you say to them?
TRY IT! What is there to lose? I believe that nowadays it is too easy to be swayed into a decision by listening to friends, especially when it is a life changing one. I was faced with this decision as I had planned to go to university with my friend. However, once I had looked into apprenticeships more I saw that it was just as good as university but with the addition of making money, which is when I had to make the decision that was right for me. If someone was unsure about an apprenticeship I would tell them to look into it and weigh up what they believe is best for them, if they were worrying about not seeing friends again due them choosing an apprenticeship - I would tell them that it isn’t the case. They will find that as an apprentice, although they may feel like they will have little time due to being at work, in fact they will have more free time compared to their friends that are in uni. Especially when it comes to second and third year, when uni students are required to spend more time studying.
Would you recommend an apprenticeship? Why?
Yes I would because it is just as good as university, with the added benefit that you get paid. I also believe that it provides a more hands on style of learning which is beneficial, as experience is being gained instead of sat in a lecture listening. I also believe that it gets you prepared for the outside world, due to the fact that you are earning your own money and carving out a career for yourself, whereas at uni you’re still being spoon fed information with no guarantee of a job or any experience. As for money, in my experience people that I know that went to university see the loan as free money and don’t save it or respect. However, people that I know that are in apprenticeships respect money more and understand the importance of saving.
If you had to describe your apprenticeship in 5 words – what would you say?
Eye-opening. Challenging. Fantastic. Rewarding. Worthwhile.
Why do you enjoy working in the printing industry?
I enjoy it due to the fact that it really opens your eyes to how much we rely on print every single day. It is also one of the biggest industries in the UK and will always be needed even throughout the digital era. I also enjoy working in the print industry because every day is different, although some jobs are the same there will always be a variation that keeps you on your toes and helps teach you how to fix different issues.
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