Young people WANT apprenticeshipsPosted: 27th of May 2015 by
In 2013 / 14 there were 1,811,620 applications made for apprenticeships; of these over 50% (939,250) applications were made by 16 – 18 year olds.
What does this show?
Well, it shows two things – firstly that young people are finding out about apprenticeships somehow, despite the concern that they are not aware of this route into employment, and secondly, that young people understand the value of beginning their career through an apprenticeship.
What’s good about choosing an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are a great way of starting your career. They are a job with training that goes with it, and so it’s not the same as full-time employment or full-time education. It’s perhaps not right to talk about apprenticeships being an ‘alternative’ to university for a couple of reasons – firstly, you can actually do a degree apprenticeship from September, which means that you would be studying for a degree whilst on an apprenticeship programme and secondly, because it almost makes it sound as if doing an apprenticeship is an option for you if you are not academic, which isn’t the case.
Obviously, one of the benefits of doing an apprenticeship is that you are not racking up a large debt. You’ll get paid a wage while you’re an apprentice.
The other benefit is that you can be sure that the skills that you are being taught by your employer are the skills that employers want you to have, which gives you an advantage over those who don’t have the experience of being employed ‘in the job’.
Having a degree isn’t the be all and end all
For some people, getting a degree is all they can think about. They think that if they don’t go to university and get a degree they’ve failed. Isn’t the important thing being employable and getting a job though?
Not all jobs require a degree and getting a degree doesn’t necessarily set you up for the job that you want. It’s important to have your end goal in mind and then to do whatever is needed to get there and this isn’t always a degree.
If you want to find out more about apprenticeships – what they are, what you can do them in and how to apply for example, then check out our apprenticeship guide and to find live opportunities and apply, visit our jobs search page where you can search by sector.
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