Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the real-world experience they need to get the edge in the job market and will show employers that you can hit the ground running!
For those who are motivated to get started in the job market, an apprenticeship is an excellent way of gaining essential experience and a recognised qualification. Below are more reasons why an apprenticeship may be one of the best options for you.
1. Earn while you learn
Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff.
The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.70 per hour, but many apprentices earn significantly more. The average weekly wage for an apprentice is around £170. This may seem low to start with but bear in mind that you aren’t yet fully qualified, and as you grow in experience, your pay will increase accordingly.
As an apprentice, you will also receive the same benefits as other employees, such as holiday entitlement and pension contributions.
2. No debt
Those graduating from university could well face student debt up to £30,000, depending on the type and length of course they do.
Those who embark on an apprenticeship won’t be weighed down by tuition fees or debt by the time they finish. In fact, your employer will be paying you to gain a qualification instead. There are also many degree level apprenticeships available, so you can still gain a degree if you don’t want to rule out going to university.
3. Relevant, real-world experiences
An apprenticeship is designed to be a structured training and work programme which equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in the workplace.
You’ll gain first hand experience of your chosen profession and industry. You’ll dedicate 20% of your working hours to off-the-job training to achieve your qualification.
You have regular reviews with your tutor to ensure that you are well supported and that you are progressing at the right pace. Your qualification will provide you with the essential knowledge needed for your current role and for your career in the future.
4. Friendly support and guidance
As a Babington apprentice, we ensure that you receive the support and guidance you need to pass your apprenticeship and gain the skills you require to succeed in your role.
You get a dedicated, expert tutor who will check-in to see how you’re getting on as well as help troubleshoot any issues you may have. We also have a dedicated support team who will respond to your queries quickly and aim to help keep you progressing on your course.
5. Strengthen your CV
When it comes to building transferable skills to attract employers, an apprenticeship is an excellent choice.
More than 90% of apprentices said that their career prospects had improved, and this is no fluke. With an apprenticeship, you will have gained at least a year in the industry, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer.
Some young adults think that if they took an apprenticeship, they will be stuck in an industry for life. But with an apprenticeship, you will pick up skills that will be useful and adaptable to any industry – a key reason why employers are keen on hiring apprentices.
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6. Build your contacts
Our apprenticeships get you involved in the day-to-day running of the business where you’ll meet a lot of people. As an apprenticeship typically takes between one and four years to complete (depending on the type of apprenticeship and the level) you can build up your network.
Making a good name for yourself and building professional contacts will benefit you greatly in the future. You never know when you might need to call on your network for advice, mentoring, or career opportunities.
7. Gain a nationally recognised qualification
Along with comprehensive training, you will also gain a work-based qualification with an accredited awarding body, such as the AAT Foundation Certificate if you did an Accountancy Level 2 Apprenticeship.
8. Progress within a business
There are three levels of apprenticeships: intermediate apprenticeships (Level 2), advanced apprenticeships (Level 3), and higher apprenticeships (Level 4 and above).
If you impress during your apprenticeship, you could also gain a full-time position with the company. To have a foot in the industry at such an early stage in your career is hugely beneficial and could give you the basis to work all the way up to a Managing Director position in the future.
9. Low or no cost
An apprenticeship won’t cost you anything, aside from the usual costs of transport and lunches etc.
If you’re between the ages of 16 and 18, training and qualification costs will be 100% funded by the government. Depending on the size of the company you join, both the government and your employer may split the cost of your training.
10. Become an essential part of the team
There will be no tea-making and endless photocopying here. Employers benefit greatly from having well-trained apprentices with passion and a strong work ethic.
Recruiting an apprentice is not only cost-effective for businesses, but also offers young people the opportunity to progress down their chosen career path. This means that employers can guide and train apprentices until you are a skilled and reliable part of the workforce, increasing the chances of you staying on with the business.