10 things you probably didn’t know about apprenticeships

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APPRENTICESHIPS ARE PROFESSIONAL QUALITY TRAINING AT EVERY LEVEL: FROM 2 (GCSE) TO 7 (POST GRADUATE QUALIFICATION)

“What’s this?” We hear you say “Apprenticeships are for school leavers.” Apprenticeships are now for everyone. There is no restriction on prior levels of education. They focus not only on knowledge but on the skills and behaviours necessary to be truly excellent in a job role. 

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YOU CAN GET A DEGREE OR QUALIFCIATION WHILE EARNING

What’s this? We hear you say. Many apprenticeships include or lead to degrees and other professional qualifications. They are rapidly becoming established as a career route into all sorts of professions. 

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EMPLOYER RECOGNITION

Employers recognise that apprentices can bring a great amount of enthusiasm, skill and loyalty to a role within their company. According to a new survey carried out by ICM on 500 major English companies, employers were asked to rate the employability of various different qualifications. Apprentices were ranked most desirable at 15%, which scored higher than any of the other applicants in the survey. This means that not only can you gain a qualification without the debt, but you may even become head-hunted by many prestigious companies. 

Prestigious employers have been key to defining the content of each apprenticeship. For example, Aviva, NG Bailey, Lloyds, Computacenter, Costain, Canon, Pick Everard, Canon, DHL and Babcock International inputted in to the Bid & proposal Coordinator apprenticeship.  

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THE CHOICES ARE WIDE

The list of apprenticeships you can do covers 598 roles in over 170 industries. 

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90% OF APPRENTICES STAY IN WORK

Okay, so you’re wondering where an apprenticeship might lead to. An apprentice is an employee with an employment contract on terms consistent with other staff. Most apprentices are not ‘cut free’ by employers which value the training. A whopping 90% of apprentices find a job within the field they are interested in very quickly after finishing an apprenticeship. 

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YOU CAN BE ANY AGE From 16 TO 116 TO DO ONE

There is no age limit, Apprenticeships are a training opportunity for people of all ages and aren't just for school leavers. Perhaps you’ve been in a role for years but haven’t received well structured, thoughtful training? You are never too old to gain a qualification. Whether you're brand new to a company, or have been there for a while - your employer can help you build your skills with an apprenticeship. 

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FULLY FUNDED QUALIFICATION

The best part about apprenticeships? You don’t have to pay a penny! Not at any age. Large organisations have access to a pot of money to fund apprentices and the government funds them for smaller organisations. So there is no cost to you. All that you earn is for you to keep after tax (if applicable).  

Just like everyone else in the workplace, you will receive holiday pay and bank holidays, it’s all in the contract and every part of having a real job because it is a real job! 

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DIFFERENT PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

There are a variety of different progression routes after you have finished your apprenticeship. Once you've completed one level you can keep going up levels until you've got a Masters degree or gain a professional qualification from a body such as the Association of Proposal Management Professionals! 

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YOU CAN STUDY AT WORK OR COLLEGE

All apprentice’s employed time. This requirement applies to apprenticeships at all levels. 

For some apprentices this means that they might train one day a week at a college. However, many employers they believe that it is more worthwhile to keep the apprentice on-site to complete this 20%. 

Off-the-job learning focuses on teaching new skills rather than developing existing ones. However anything that is asked of the apprentice outside of the job description , such as taking part in conferences, shadowing a colleague or anything  else which is, in a broad sense ‘learning’ is classed as part of the 20%.

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DON'T FEEL AS THOUGH YOU'RE STILL IN EDUCATION!

No more sitting behind a text book for hours! With an apprenticeship you will be learning on-the-job, doing different things every day and challenging yourself in new ways. 

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