This week we’re channeling our inner Lord Sugar to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week. The annual event aims to increase awareness and take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships by recognising them as a ladder of opportunity to a brighter future.
Despite what you might think, there is no age limit to an apprenticeship or trainee role. You don’t have to be straight out of school to take up one of these positions; they are a good move for anybody wanting to build a career. There’s many positive reasons to consider an apprenticeship – here’s just five main benefits of doing so.
- Continuing education
Training on the job where you gain a qualification is a way to continue education whilst also getting paid. Learning new, transferable skills will set you ahead of your peers and provide valuable experience to enhance your CV.
On the job training lets you observe how to perform specific tasks and gain feedback on how to improve performance from a mentor. The support and guidance from those already in the industry will help you succeed at the company.
- Career exploration
Practical experience is more effective than theoretical knowledge as it gives you the chance to learn the ins and outs of a role. You can experience real time projects to gain a better idea of what is expected of you to see whether the job is something you can envision building a career out of.
So many people invest in studying for a degree or doing an online course without having any practical experience to the job at the end of it, whereas an apprenticeship allows you to see first-hand whether the job meets your expectations.
- Better prospects
Becoming an apprentice is a great way to learn and enter into an industry of your choosing. You can achieve a qualification, earn a wage, and gain transferable skills leading to better prospects. Plus, you’ll enter onto a clear career path.
With an apprenticeship, you’ll go straight into employment so there will be clear routes for you to progress and you are likely to be offered permanent position at the end of it.
- Hands-on training
An apprenticeship is a structured training programme which helps you gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in your chosen industry. Through this type of role there’s lots of potential to progress in your career quickly, leading to a good salary much earlier.
Hands-on training also gives you a real chance to put your skills into practice and gain more confidence in a working environment.
- Earn while you learn
The more experience you have in any industry, the higher your pay will be. So although your pay may be low to start with, it won’t stay that way for long. Rather than taking an online course to learn new skills or going to University, you can avoid getting into debt by getting paid while you train.
There are trainee roles or apprenticeships available in most industries, so whether you’re hankering after a career in finance, marketing or construction, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking for an apprenticeship or trainee role, we have many job vacancies waiting for the right candidate. Take a look online or give the friendly team at Ambitions a call on 614841. We’re ready and waiting to tell you those two magic words: You’re hired!