If you’re starting to consider the different routes you can take after school, it can seem like college and university are the only options. But this can lead to years of student loan debt, and only a smattering of practical experience at the end of it.
You might have heard about apprenticeships and traineeships as well, but don’t know where to start.
It’s all a bit confusing, isn’t it? Luckily, we’re here to help!
What are traineeships?
Apprenticeships and traineeships, while sounding similar, are very different programmes. Traineeships are in place to help you move into an apprenticeship or employment, providing you with not only a taste of the working world, but also careers advice and guidance.
You can develop a huge range of new skills as a trainee, as you’ll be getting hands-on industry experience, as well as a rare insight into how certain jobs and businesses operate.
Potential trainees are often looking to become more employable. If you don’t have grades A-C in GCSE, a traineeship can help you gain qualifications in maths, English, and ICT, giving you a much more complete CV. You will also be tutored to help with interview techniques, along with CV and cover letter advice.
Traineeships range between eight weeks and six months and, although usually unpaid, trainees may be able to access financial support like a 16-19 bursary fund (click here to see if you would be eligible).
There is no guarantee of a job at the end of a traineeship, but with new-found knowledge of the industry and the business, your employer may ask those who show the right initiative to stay on board!
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Apprenticeships – a direct way into work
Already know what type of job you want? That’s great – we’re not all lucky enough to get there so early! But while you might show plenty of passion and promise, a potential employer could be worried about your lack of experience. This is where an apprenticeship comes in.
Apprenticeships lead towards nationally certified qualifications. The higher the qualifications, and the more experience you gain as an apprentice, the more qualified you will become for your perfect job.
Apprenticeships will usually involve four days a week of work experience, and one day a week focusing on your studies and advancing towards your qualification.
Interested in earning while learning? Then an apprenticeship is ideal, allowing you to earn a wage of at least £3.40 per hour if you are between 16-18 (or if you’re in the first year of your apprenticeship). All other apprentices are entitled to the standard National Minimum Wage dependent on their age, which you can read about here.
Apprenticeships usually last between one and three years depending on the position, allowing you to form a consistent working relationship with your employer, who will have invested plenty of time and resources into your development. Being familiar with the business means there is a chance you’ll be offered full time employment at the end of your apprenticeship. If not, then you’ve picked up some extremely valuable expertise, business knowledge, and qualifications to show you’re the right person for the next job!
How we can help
Both apprenticeships and traineeships used to have a reputation for purely practical roles such as construction and engineering. However, this is just one of a number of myths about apprenticeships. These days, you can become an apprentice in just about any field, from social media to business management, and from hospitality to hairdressing. Take a look at the vacancies we offer for both traineeships and apprenticeships here.