Is An Apprenticeship Right For You?

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all well. Today’s blog post is one I’m writing in the hope it’ll help any of you out there who A) know nothing about apprenticeships or B) perhaps know a bit about them but aren’t sure if they’re right for you.

The good news is that if you think university isn’t on the cards, you have hundreds (yes, literally hundreds) of opportunities with apprenticeships you could consider doing instead. I’m going to go through some of the most important and appealing points about apprenticeships which I think you’d love to know. Let’s get started!

 

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  • Money

Now, the importance of £'s covers two points here. A) the fact you’ll be earning it with an apprenticeship, and B) the concept of uni debt.

If you’ve been introduced to apprenticeships before, you’ll have heard the phrase ‘earn and learn.’ Yep - essentially, you’re working, learning and earning money. This gives you the opportunity to save, and give yourself more independence. Think about it like learning all day, on the job and off the job, but getting paid for it and picking up new skills. Not bad.

As for uni debt; you’d have heard about student loans. There’s no doubt about university causing debt - it’s not just the fees, but also the living costs, especially if you move away to a new town.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to be on top of their finances, or simply don’t want to get into debt, maybe you should reconsider university for an apprenticeship in a similar field.
 

  • Aspirations

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Whether you’ve known exactly what you want to do for years, or have absolutely no idea, an apprenticeship can be a great thing for you.

There are hundreds of different career paths you can get into with an apprenticeship: traditional to modern, manual to office. You might be certain you want to get into engineering or accounting: if so, great! You can start researching and applying to apprenticeships ASAP.

But, what if you don’t know? I can help you! Let’s say you want to work with kids but you’re not sure what opportunities are available to you. Well, how about being a Teaching Assistant, Nursery Nurse or Social Care Worker? The options are vast if you have a wide range of interests.

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  • Support

When you’re a young person looking to take the next step in life, support is important from parents, teachers and friends alike so you can feel reassured you’re making the right decision.

Although, unfortunately, not everyone will have the same support.

If your parents don’t know about the vast opportunities you can gain with apprenticeships, why not show them some material online, or tell them to get in touch? I’d be more than happy to chat!

As for teachers - it can be hard in school or college because, as we’ve found, the focus is generally on UCAS, UCAS and UCAS. I for one wasn’t really informed of apprenticeships at school, and definitely didn’t know enough.

If you’re interested, take matters into your own hands and enlighten your teachers and peers on what you’re doing. Feel free to contact me if you want more information.
 

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  • Work Experience

A lot of young people in school and college know that education just isn’t for them, and the thought of continuing it for another 3 years at university is an uncomfortable thought. If this is you, then I would totally suggest an apprenticeship.

You get a feel for what it’s like to be in a professional workplace environment - no teachers, no essays! Of course, you will have 1 day a week in college to work towards a qualification, but it’s nothing compared to what you’re used to.

When it comes to university, often graduates are lacking one vital thing: experience. Whereas, with an apprenticeship; it’s exactly what you do get, and it’s exactly what employers want.

If you’ve never had any work experience, it might feel like you’re being thrown in the deep end; but, perhaps this is a good thing. After all, you’ll have to face work after 3 years at uni, anyway!

 

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  • Social Life

Social life is something to consider when taking up an apprenticeship.

Let’s be real - you’re not sacrificing it at all. Although, you probably will have less time to socialise compared to if you attend university.

You’ll generally have every weekend off with an apprenticeship (unless specified otherwise) so that gives you guaranteed time off to socialise (in addition to holiday time off, too.)

Sure, you won’t have a freshers week, but you attend college once a week where you can meet new people, and you get the chance to socialise and bond with your colleagues every day.

 

So, I think that covers most of the main points you need to know before considering an apprenticeship. I really hope this has helped you guys; even if this helps 1 person, I’m happy!

Speak next week!

Dayna Spear