Apprenticeships provide many benefits that are often overlooked when deciding what to do after school. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most significant benefits of doing an apprenticeship, as well as how they will benefit you in the long run:
1. Earn money while you learn
It is important to be able to enjoy the advantages of a social life while yet having enough money to meet your basic needs. An apprenticeship typically begins with a low-wage position, but there is the possibility of advancement once your first year of training is completed; 90% of apprentices are retained by their employers upon completion of their course, and nearly one-quarter of apprentices are promoted within 12 months of finishing.
2. Acquire recognised qualifications
Each level of your apprenticeship lasts one year and ends with you receiving a certificate that you can show to prospective employers. Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSE passes), Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A-Level passes), Level 6 (degree level), and Level 7 (Master’s level).
3. Increase your self-confidence and respect
Working at a company teaches you to take responsibility for your actions, how to behave in the workplace, and how to be self-sufficient in your responsibilities. As a consequence, you will gain the respect of your colleagues and managers, giving you the confidence to carry out your duties.
4. Take advantage of ongoing, personalised support
When you begin your apprenticeship, you will be assigned an assessor who will be in charge of assigning all of your work, marking it, and guiding you through the course. They are accessible at all times to answer your inquiries and provide you with help tailored to your particular needs; they will be there for you whenever you need them.
5. Obtain real-world work experience
Working life is quite different from school or university, and an apprenticeship is an excellent way to ease into it while having someone to assist you along the way. Your colleagues will be able to educate you on the ins and outs of everyday work life, so you’ll quickly feel at ease!
6. Improve your employability
Your apprenticeship not only enables you to learn and practise your chosen profession but also increases your marketability to potential employers. Employers value commitment, and they will value your work ethic. They will be able to see that you could combine the demands of a full-time job with your education to complete the coursework component of your apprenticeship.
7. Take advantage of bargains
You are still considered a student as an apprentice, which means you are eligible for an NUS student discount card. This entitles you to discounts at restaurants, clothing stores, insurance companies, gym memberships, and many other places! Learn more about an NUS card by clicking here.
8. Enhance your skills
When you begin your apprenticeship, you may not have all of the grades required to proceed to the next level of your chosen career. However, in order to progress in the business, you will usually be offered the choice of retaking your GCSEs or attending functional skills courses.
9. Determine your earning potential
Apprentices have increased their earning potential throughout the course of their careers. This means that if you progress to and successfully complete an advanced apprenticeship, you may earn roughly £117,000 more over the course of your career than those who do not.
10. Have a nice holiday
In addition to all national bank holidays, apprentices are entitled to 20 days of paid vacation each year. This means you can go on vacation without being concerned about how much money you may lose! Holidays are an important part of establishing a work-life balance, and it is essential that you plan time to relax in between all of your hard work!