Why do apprenticeships work?

NAW 2018

It's National Apprenticeship Week and we're joining the national campaign to highlight how apprenticeships work. Take a look at some of the benefits we've heard our Learning Unlimited apprentices tell us about.

1) You can earn and learn.

Earning a wage and working towards a qualification at the same time can be a real bonus. Apprentices earn at least the national minimum wage but employers often pay more. On top of that, training is paid for so everything you earn is yours to do what you want with.

2) Get vital work experience

Employers really value experience when it comes to picking the right person for the job. Apprenticeships give you the chance to develop the skills that employers will be looking for in a working environment.

3) Those who learn best by doing can go far with an apprenticeship.

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to learn something by getting stuck in and giving it a go rather than sitting in a classroom and learning the theory then apprenticeships could suit you. There will always be some formal learning but you’ll spend more time doing the job and learning from your colleagues than you will in a classroom.

4) They offer a great way in to loads of careers.

There is an apprenticeship pathway into most careers and gone are the days when apprenticeships were only for engineers or those wanting a career in construction. They now open up careers in everything from health care to design and digital marketing to logistics.

5) They can take you all the way to university-level study.

You can earn and learn with an apprenticeship immediately after finishing GCSEs, A Levels of college course and you can continue all the way up to degree level. Higher level apprentices can avoid the debt of university study and gain vital work skills which can only be developed with real life experience.

Want to know more about how apprenticeships work from existing apprentices and employers? Tune in to our live broadcast on 8 March at 11am to hear them talk about their experiences and ask the expert panel anything about apprenticeships that you might need an answer to. 

For more information about the range of apprenticeships available with Learning Unlimited, the Chesterfield College Group's apprenticeship team, take a look at their web site.