Is an apprenticeship right for me?
You might be glad to leave the academic world and start earning, or you might be overwhelmed by the choices out there. Is an apprenticeship better than university? Is an apprenticeship right for you? Below is an introduction to the world of apprenticeships, and some tips on how to go about choosing the best programme for you.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship provides an ideal bridge between school and the world of work, allowing you to learn and earn a wage at the same time. You’ll train for a specific job role, build up specialist skills in the workplace and work towards a formal qualification. Apprenticeships normally take a minimum of 12 months to complete and typically involve a split of working and studying towards your final qualification.
How much support is there on an apprenticeship?
During an apprenticeship programme, you’re guided through your learning by a dedicated manager at work and a 1-1 coach from a training provider, like L&F Training. You can apply what you’ve studied directly to your job, which means learning is always relevant and knowledge isn’t forgotten.
An apprenticeship is a stepping-stone into the professional world but is by no means a fixed path. You can use it to find out what you enjoy and move into other industries and roles; a fantastic opportunity if you’re just leaving school.
Unlocking key skills that drive career progression
Apprenticeships build and develop a wide range of key skills that are vital to most jobs. Being equipped with such skills will support you in changing environments, teams and help you manage different priorities, so you can move up the career ladder.
Teamwork and adaptability
Advice on choosing an apprenticeship
Now you know why apprenticeships can be a great career choice. So, with thousands of vacancies across diverse sectors and roles, how do you go about choosing the one that’s right for you?
Understanding the different apprenticeship sectors, levels and employers is important in reaching your decision. Think about the type of company you might want to work for, consider your own strengths and interests and explore the different industries that offer apprenticeships in the UK and in your area too.
Intermediate level apprenticeships
The first level is intermediate. This can be done without any previous qualifications, and you’ll gain functional skills on the apprenticeship (which includes qualifications in maths and English).
If you already have or are expecting to get GSCEs (including five between level 4-9) you can start at the ‘advanced level’. If you have A-level qualifications then you could start with a higher apprenticeship, also known as a degree apprenticeship
What are the steps to becoming an apprentice?
With years of experience in placing school leavers in apprenticeship programmes, L&F’s expert recruitment team can support and guide you through every stage of becoming an apprentice.
The first step is to look at your CV. Make sure it covers your strengths, skills and interests. We’ve provided some tips here on how to write the perfect CV for an apprenticeship.
Once you’re happy with your CV, you can apply for a vacancy by following the below link. We’ll be in touch with you to discuss your application and help make it as compelling as possible.
We will liaise with the employers directly, so you just need to focus on preparing for your first apprenticeship interview. We’ll update you at each step of your application.