The prestige and perception of apprenticeships have undeniably grown in recent years. Traditionally seen as a profession for a school leaver in an industrial environment, much work has been done to place apprenticeships as an attractive and reliable alternative to college or university, and with more and more companies developing wonderful apprenticeship programmes aimed at young people leaving school, more are opting for this choice.
However, with those considering their options, there is no longer a choice between a university degree and an apprenticeship; you can now do both. And an a number of new students are seeing the benefits of an apprenticeship after earning a degree.
Many young people who have started or completed a degree or college course but have opted not to continue are considering their options. If you’re in this position but have been holding off getting an apprenticeship since you thought you weren’t eligible, think again.
You would be shocked to hear that you may do an apprenticeship before or after school, as graduates on apprenticeship programmes are a relatively new trend. Previously, someone with a degree higher than a foundation degree (Level 4) was prohibited from enrolling and accepting government grants. Furthermore, since many apprenticeships available were at a lower level, many graduates believed they were overqualified to begin one.
However, after the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, the government amended the rules on previous schooling and spent considerable time and money in creating a number of apprenticeships at Levels 6 and 7, which are equivalent to degrees and master’s degrees, opening up a whole new market for those leaving university who can now do an apprenticeship at a level higher than their degree.
Graduates are also eligible for scholarships, which means that many businesses, with training budgets boosted by the apprenticeship levy, are finding ways to attract a large number of potential graduates along an apprenticeship course.
If you want to work in a field other than your degree or college course, be aware that graduates are not only progressing through higher level apprenticeships, but that with new apprenticeship Standards focusing on specific job roles, more graduates with a non-relevant degree are being funded on lower level apprenticeships that will equip them with the necessary knowledge or skills. As a consequence, more people recognise the importance of an apprenticeship in advancing one’s technical skills.
It includes all recent graduates as well as others who will graduate. There are also major eligibility criteria for graduates and their employers to be mindful of for those taking this path; primarily, graduates cannot already have a degree in a qualification equal to their desired apprenticeship.
For example, a graphic design specialist cannot qualify for a graphic design apprenticeship but may apply for a digital marketing apprenticeship. According to the rule, there must be “major new learning” in the apprenticeship qualification. In other words, the preparation must provide the employee with major new skills and the content must be different from previous training.
Many companies accept that the apprenticeship route now provides structure to an existing graduate programme, including an emphasis on skill and behaviour development, as well as increased instruction and theological resources provided on a regular basis by a combination of in-house employees and the chosen training contractor.
Apprenticeships are now accessible in almost any subject that may be learned at a college or university. If you choose to study law or medicine, you must first attend college, then university; but, if you choose to work in catering, IT, or business, you will get to the top with or without a degree and a similar apprenticeship.