Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the real world experience they need to get the edge in the job market, and will show employers that you can hit the ground running!
For many, the apprenticeship route is not such an obvious choice. But for those who are motivated to get started in the job market, an apprenticeship is an excellent way of gaining essential experience. Below are more reasons why an apprenticeship may be the best post-16 choice for you.
1. Earn while you learn
Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff.
The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.40 per hour, but many apprentices earn significantly more. However, the average weekly wage for an apprentice is now around £170. This may seem low to start with, but bear in mind that you aren’t yet fully qualified, and as you grow in experience, your pay will increase accordingly. Research also shows that an apprentice can earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job.
As an apprentice you will also receive the same benefits as other employees, such as pension contributions and leisure facilities.
2. No debt
Those who started university in England in 2015 could well face a debt of £30,000 by the time they graduate.
Those who embark on an apprenticeship won’t be weighed down by tuition fees or debt by the time they graduate. In fact, your employer will be paying you to gain a qualification instead.
If you’re over 24, in work, and looking for training, you might want to look at the possibility of a 24+ Advanced Loan to help fund your education.
3. Practical and relevant experience
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers, and offer a structured programme that coaches you through the skills you need to be successful.
You will learn from experienced professionals on the job, and will also be trained externally at a local college or specialist training organisation. You will also be set targets to ensure that you are well supported and that you are progressing at an appropriate speed. The modules you decide to study will provide you with the essential knowledge needed for your future career.
4. Guidance and support
On an apprenticeship with Babington, we will ensure that you receive the support and guidance you need.
Our retention team will be in contact to make sure that our training fits your personal requirements, gives you the skills needed for your job, and satisfies national standards.
We will also be there to help you through any difficult times – so don’t hesitate to drop us a call or an email!
5. Strengthen your CV
When it comes to building transferable skills to attract employers, an apprenticeship is an excellent choice.
More than 80% of apprentices said that their career prospects had improved, and this is no fluke. With an apprenticeship, you will have gained at least a year in the industry, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer.
Some young adults think that if they took an apprenticeship, they will be stuck in an industry for life. But with an apprenticeship, you will pick up skills that will be useful and adaptable to any industry – a key reason why employers are keen on hiring apprentices.
6. Build your contacts
Our apprenticeship experiences will get you involved with the day to day running of the business. Naturally, you will be meeting a lot of people.
Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of apprenticeship and the level. In this time, you will forge relationships and contacts with clients, colleagues, and managers.
Making a good name for yourself and building professional contacts will benefit you greatly in the future. You never know when you might need them for advice, mentoring, or opportunities!
7. Gain a nationally recognised qualification
Along with comprehensive training, you will also gain a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).
Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles across more than 170 industries, so there is plenty of flexibility when it comes to the qualifications you can gain.
There are three levels of apprenticeships:
1 – Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2)
An Intermediate apprenticeship will provide you with a foundation of skills, while working towards qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC.
2 – Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)
Advanced level apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC.
To start this programme, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.
3 – Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 and above)
Higher Apprenticeships work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree.
Higher apprenticeships will usually involve you embarking on a supervisor, team leader, or management position depending on the sector.
8. Progress within a business
You don’t have to stop at the Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeships. At Babington we offer you the opportunity to study up to degree level.
And if you impress during your apprenticeship, you could also gain a full time position with the company. To have a foot in the industry at such an early stage in your career is massively beneficial, and could give you the basis to work all the way up to a Managing Director position in the future.
9. Low or no cost
An apprenticeship doesn’t have to cost you a thing.
If you’re between the ages of 16 and 18, training and qualification costs will be 100% funded by the government.
If you’re between 19 and 23, the government will fund 50% your course costs.
You can find out more about apprenticeship funding here.
10. Become an essential part of the team
There will be no tea-making and endless photocopying here. Employers benefit greatly from having well-trained apprentices.
Recruiting an apprentice is not only cost-effective for businesses, but also offers young people the opportunity to develop from in their chosen career path.
This means that employers can guide and train apprentices until they are a skilled and reliable part of the workforce, increasing the chances of them staying on with the business.
I’d recommend the AAT training through the apprenticeship route to any young budding Accountant.With the support of my employer I was able to earn and learn at the same time, rather than coming out of University with debt and no guarantee of a job at the end of it.The support of Babington Group has enabled me not only to complete my AAT qualifications but also to compete at prestigious events such as WorldSkillsUK and stand up to the Accounting elite.
– Daniel Inglis, WorldSkill show Gold medal winner.
At school there was a big push for A level students to progress to university, but I felt that I was ready to step into the world of work. The apprenticeship programme was a fantastic opportunity to carry on studying whilst gaining valuable work experience.
–Hannah Westgate, completed Level 4 Business Admin Apprenticeship at Boots.
After completing my customer service course, I was amazed by how much work was covered in the units. I also enjoyed the English skills tasks, as it helped me gain more experience with public speaking.Babington’s staff were really helpful and adapted to my learning style, for example I struggle to type huge amounts so my assessor recorded me answering the questions.I really enjoyed the course and would love to do the next level NVQ to help me improve in my job.
– Katherine Price, Customer Services Level 3 graduate, now employee at Remploy.