Why An Apprenticeship Might Be A Good Option If You’re AcademicPosted: 28th of July 2016 by
In this article, we look at where the idea that an apprenticeship was only suitable for people who wanted to work in things like construction comes from, why this misunderstanding is so persistent and why an apprenticeship might be a good option if you’re academic.
Apprenticeships for the academic?
Here are just a few on the apprenticeship standards approved for delivery. Decide for yourself whether you think they are the kinds of careers that an ‘academic’ learner would aspire to.
- Professional accountant
- Manufacturing engineer
- Internet of Things and cyber systems engineer
- Licensed conveyancer
- Systems engineer
- Further education learning and skills teacher
- Financial adviser
- Food technologist
- Laboratory scientist
- Assistant technical director (visual effects)
We think that they are and we think that the focus on ‘hands-on’ work is perhaps unhelpful in helping you understand apprenticeships. When we spoke with a young person about apprenticeships we found that regardless of the new apprenticeships that have been developed, there was still a belief amongst young people that apprenticeships were for those who wanted to work with their hands doing a manual or labouring type job.
High flyers and apprenticeships
The idea that you might study for your A-levels, achieve perhaps three A grades and then do an apprenticeship seems not to exist for young people, their teachers or parents. Perhaps you think that it would be a waste if you didn’t go on to university? A waste of what though; your brain cells?
You can see from the list above that apprenticeships offer a method of getting into all sorts of careers which would normally be considered highly academic in nature, not that you don’t use your brain when you’re performing a skilled trade such as bricklaying anyway.
Is doing an apprenticeship a waste of talent?
Clearly it wouldn’t represent a waste of your talent either, in fact arguably; you would be putting your talents to good use more quickly by getting on with the job.
Ultimately the choice of whether to apply for an apprenticeship is down to the individual. However, it is important to understand that the idea that apprenticeships are the route for the non-academic who wants to ‘work with their hands’ is wrong. Apprenticeships are simply about providing an alternative pathway into full time employment and an apprenticeship might be a good option if you are academic.
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