For many school and university leavers, a career apprenticeship offers the perfect cocktail of education and experience. In fact, more and more students are opting to train on the job rather than pursue higher education.
But is an apprenticeship the stepping stone to your dream career?
In this post, we take a closer look at the career apprenticeship providing a guide to its pros and cons. We’ll talk about applying for an apprenticeship that is right for you, and what the future holds for former apprentices.
The Pros and Cons of a Career Apprenticeship
The debate surrounding apprenticeship versus degree is likely to rage on for years to come. Due to the economic downturn, many students are opting for an apprenticeship to earn a regular wage.
The benefits of a career apprenticeship include:
- Earning while you learn | University students may struggle to hold down a part-time job and study. An apprenticeship allows you to get the best of both worlds
- Gain experience | Apprentices work up to 30 hours a week, gaining the essential experience they need.
- Study without the burden of debt | Unlike university education, an apprenticeship offers a debt-free educational route.
- A practical approach to learning | Many students favor more practical modes of study, and whilst there will be some classroom learning, the opportunity to put these skills into practice complements this particular learning style
- Real job prospects | The education and experience gained via an apprenticeship opens the doors to a host of job opportunities.
While the benefits of completing an apprenticeship are for all to see, many feel missing out on the university experience is the biggest compromise. In addition to this, competition to gain a place on your chosen apprenticeship program will be very high. The world of work can also be particularly daunting to school and university leavers. Taking on a career apprenticeship will mean you have to grow up fast to succeed.
Applying for a Career Apprenticeship
Submitting an apprenticeship application has never been easier. There are various government backed organizations that help. Alternatively, you can approach companies and apply to their apprenticeship program directly.
Competition for apprenticeship places is high so ensuring your application goes above and beyond will help you stay head and shoulders above your fellow applicants. Follow these simple dos and don’ts when completing your application…
- Complete your application using as much detail as possible but remember to opt for quality, not quantity
- As well as listing academic achievements give your prospective employer an insight into your personality on paper
- Never create one generic application, copying and pasting may be easy but each application must be crafted to each individual vacancy
- Check and double check your spelling and grammar to ensure you demonstrate great written communication and attention to detail
- Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd, apprenticeship vacancies attract hundreds of applications so leave no stone unturned in your quest to be the best!
Life After Apprenticeship
According to a recent survey, around 85% of former apprentices find employment, a third of which receive a promotion within the first year! Whilst life after university has changed significantly in recent years, with a degree being no guarantee to a job, a career apprenticeship provides a solid background for a long-term career.
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