You’ll never believe this about apprenticeships

You may think that after completing a course at collage you are more than prepared to go straight into full time work. Despite leaning all of the appropriate facts and information about your future career, why not gain some experience in your chosen field of work, before committing to a career.

As an apprentice, you’d be working alongside professionals, discovering what the job has to offer and what it’s all about – and even getting paid at the same time. You get to learn on the job, and also learn the theory as you follow an academic course. Legally, apprentices are entitled to a minimum wage of 2.60 an hour, but many employers choose to pay more. On average, research shows that apprentices can earn up to 170 a week.

As employees, apprentices are entitled to the kind of company benefits offered to their fellow workers, which means that just because you’re a trainee it doesn’t mean the company thinks any the less of you.

An apprenticeship puts you in good stead for gaining a career further down the line. It shows future employees that you are dedicated, hardworking and determined. Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes, there is over 200 different types of opportunities available when it comes to working as an apprentice, offering over 1,200 job roles.

You have the opportunity to gain qualifications whilst completing an apprenticeship. You can work as you learn and develop the necessary skills in order to proceed and improve. Recent figures show that one in five employees are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate. Now is the time to put yourself out there, and start working towards your goal.

And it may come as a surprise that many people you will have heard of have managed to succeed quite well in life without the benefit of a degree. Sir Alex Ferguson and Jamie Oliver, for example, were both apprentices when they were younger.

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