More young people are choosing to further their career though an apprenticeship as an alternative to going to University. Why? Because apprenticeships are supported and funded by the government and employers so they are the best way for young people to gain the necessary skills and qualifications they need to enter into the world of business.
Here at PTS, were here to explain why you might want to enrol onto an apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship enables you to earn a wage whilst gaining hands on experience in your chosen sector, giving you the opportunity to apply what you are learning immediately to a work environment. It really is the best work experience you can get!
The work experience and skills you gain with an apprenticeship will stand you in good stead when job seeking. Relevant experience and job-specific skills are what employers are looking for especially as we approach a new year. Research shows that ninety percent of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship.
Currently, the minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.70 per hour but lots of companies pay a higher wage than this. You will also receive the same benefits as other employees such as holiday entitlement and pension contributions.
For many individuals, the thought of building up thousands of pounds of debt can be a crucial factor when deciding whether to go to university or pursue alternative options like apprenticeships.
With the help of government funding, this means that you and your employer, don’t have to pay a penny for your apprenticeship training. The money you earn is yours and you will still be working towards a qualification, meaning that you won’t be paying a student loan off for the next 20 years.
An apprenticeship is not a qualification in its own right; it is a paid job with training. However, you will work towards one or more qualifications as part of your apprenticeship. These qualifications will relate to the level of apprenticeship you’re doing, which is based on how complex and advanced the job you’re training for is.
Some apprenticeship schemes will give you the chance to work towards more than one qualification.
There are three levels of apprenticeships;
-Intermediate (Level 2)
-Advanced (Level 3)
-Higher (Level 4)
At PTS, we ensure that you receive as much support and guidance that you need to pass your apprenticeship and gain the skills you require to succeed in your chosen role.
You will have your own dedicated expert tutor, who will have one to one sessions with you and see how you are getting on as well as helping you with any issues that you may have. There is also a dedicated support team on hand, who will respond to your queries quickly and help you to keep progressing on your apprenticeship.
Whilst you are working towards your apprenticeship, it is a good idea to push yourself as much as you can. Your employer has invested a lot of time and money in you and if you impress them, there is a good chance that you may be taken on permanently after your apprenticeship ends.
This is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door at such a young age. These days, companies value their staff and want to hold on to them for as long as possible.
By starting at the bottom, you can always work your way up, learning more about the business as you go. You may even find yourself as the managing director one day!
With an apprenticeship, you will have gained at least a year in your chosen sector, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer.
Some people think that by doing an apprenticeship, they will be stuck in that industry forever, but this is a misconception. You will learn skills are that are useful and adaptable to any industry and this is a key reason why employers are keen to hire apprentices.
Many different industry sectors share the same skill sets. These core skills are transferable across sectors and are built into the apprenticeship to maximise flexibility and choice for employers and Apprentices. They include:
-GCSE English Language
-IT and computer skills (if relevant to the job role)
The three skills mentioned above, are all transferable to any job you wish to work in, in the future.
Whilst you are training for your apprenticeship, you will be involved in the day to day running of the company you are working for. During this time, you will meet lots of people from different departments and even other businesses. You should take this opportunity to get to know these people and build your network.
By making a name for yourself and conducting yourself in a good manner, this will put you in good stead for the future, whether you are looking to further your career or even asking for some advice.
If you are thinking about enrolling on an apprenticeship, why not get in touch with a member of our team today on 01604 491622 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help find the perfect course for you.
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