So, you’ve decided you’d like to do an apprenticeship – but where do you start? There are several key points you should consider while deciding which apprenticeship you’d like to do, which should make sure you pick the best option for you.
1. What qualification will you earn as an apprentice?
One of the main advantages that draws young adults towards an apprenticeship is being able to ‘earn while they learn’. It’s still important however to make sure that the training involved will enable you to earn a nationally-recognised qualification. There is a selection of different apprenticeship ‘levels’ to choose from, explained further here, which alter the complexity of the qualification.
2. Do you have a career in mind?
Although we can’t all be expected to know what career we’d like to pursue at the age of 16-18 years old, it will help if you can identify your key interests or perhaps a specific industry you might like to enter. If you have a few ideas in mind, do some further research to see what the entry requirements are for those specific apprenticeships, and if the qualification you’ll be completing will support you in entering your career of choice. If you’re unsure of an exact apprenticeship, you might benefit from taking our quiz, below.
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3. Find a good quality apprenticeship training provider
While completing the learning aspect of an apprenticeship, you’ll benefit more from the support of a proactive and encouraging training provider, such as Babington (if we do say so ourselves!). While completing an apprenticeship with Babington, you’ll receive expert support from a tutor with industry experience, including regular visits to your workplace and support over the phone and email. It’s important to find a training provider who will help you to gain the knowledge within the right amount of time, so you can secure a full-time position in a career of your choice.
4. Good communication between employer and training provider
Adding to the previous point, you are more likely to complete your apprenticeship within the correct amount of time if there is good communication between your employer and training provider. That way your training provider can direct the theory work you’re doing so it is aligned with your day-to-day tasks within the workplace.
5. An agreed minimum rate of pay for apprentices
Although it’s important that you secure a position within a business you’re happy to work for while doing a qualification which will benefit your career, you should also think about what wage you’re happy to work on. All employers must pay the National minimum wage for apprentices (starts at £3.50, as of April 2017), however it is at their own individual discretion whether they will offer more. As a generalisation, employers will offer an increased wage for higher apprenticeships (level 4+), so that is something to consider when choosing an apprenticeship.