1. Earn as you learn
Although the apprentice minimum wage is only £3.70, this is just the beginning and in fact many organisations offer more than this. As you go you'll earn more and the best part is you won't student debt!
You are learning from experienced professionals in your desired field. What more could you want?
Apprenticeships allow you to meet all people within a company, meaning it is a great way to network and earn contacts within your desired industry.
4. Transferable qualifications
Apprenticeships give you a nationally recognised qualification which means it is not tied down to one single industry. You can therefore explore different industries and see what is best for you.
Not only can you do intermediate or advanced apprenticeships, you can also do degree level apprenticeships. If you do well, you have the chance of being offered a full time job. This is great progress for the beginning of your career.
Anne Milton discusses how university has always been seen as a first class option by parents for their children. However, it is time that this assumption is changed to also see apprenticeships as a first class option.
To do this, colleges and sixth forms must invest their time into raising awareness to parents early on so they know university is not the only route for their child.
Read more on the benefits of apprenticeships here: https://feweek.co.uk/2018/05/14/its-up-to-colleges-and-providers-to-sell-apprenticeships-to-parents/
A survey has shown that 40 out of 113 universities have begun creating specific MBA courses to take advantage of the apprenticeship levy. This is so businesses can develop their workforce and break the stereotype that "apprentices are young men in overalls getting their hands dirty" - Petra Wilton.
Read more on this story here: https://www.ft.com/content/f4bd5e9c-4fb4-11e8-9471-a083af05aea7
Start of your week feeling confident and continue to pursue your goals. Persist! First thing to do is register for London Apprenticeship Fair.
Have a read about this amazing success story of this young apprentice who started off her year right. This not only shows the opportunities that apprenticeships can give you but also how hard work pays off.
Read here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/woman-buys-home-aged-20-apprenticeship-savings-jennie-crockart-yate-bristol-higher-education-a8182816.html
Talking to some friends showed me how we do not talk about apprenticeships enough. Here are their answers to the very difficult question of taking the route of university or an apprenticeship:
Diamond (14) - "Apprenticeships give you more of a realistic point of view of the world of work compared to uni".
Brenda (16) - "Apprenticeships help you plan more and see if you truly like what you want to do".
William (22) - "I think uni is better. You can't get any higher after you get a job from an apprenticeship for most companies. You need qualifications to back you up meaning it will take longer to move up higher".
Thaynna (21) - "You can't go wrong with any route but apprenticeships give you great references and experiences to build your CV".
Beatriz (18) - "Theres a stigma towards apprenticeships, that its for 'dumb' people. Mostly in Essex, people think that its for people that are not smart enough for uni. Like beauticians for example".
I thought I would also ask my 9 year old friend Sofia. She said "When I think of university, I just think 'work' so I would rather do an apprenticeship". This was interesting as she is years away from having to make a decision, but she is already worried about the workload of university.
Last month the apprenticeship levy begun. It aims to get large organisations serious about apprenticeships and reach the goal of 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.
Steve Hill states that this levy is an opportunity for businesses to grow and gain skilled workers. This is particularly lacking in science, technology, engineering and maths departments. Therefore, the levy encourages organisations to hire apprentices where they can distinguish keen and smart workers from others to help build their organisation, while helping young people gain practical skills that they won't get anywhere else.
"It only becomes a tax if employers don’t use it" - Steve Hill.
We all feel comfortable doing a routine and following the crowd. For example, going to university instead of doing an apprenticeship. You may think apprenticeships are not for you because 'a degree will get you further' or being put into the real workplace means you have to be good.
This isn't the case. Every expert was once a beginner and you only see your true potential by doing something that you're uncomfortable with.
Researching online has shown that apprenticeships are seen as gendered.
Research by Prudential last year found that apprenticeships are believed by many young people (7/10) to provide opportunities more towards males. Due to this belief, parents tend to encourage their sons more than daughters to do an apprenticeship. It is 2018 and female empowerment is as important as ever so we must push our girls to fight for their place in the workplace.
Elwood who is an engineering apprentice describes in a Guardian article (2016) that girls should be told about apprenticeships from an early age. This would help speed up the process of knowing what career you want to have, since young people find this difficult.
The London Apprenticeship fair aims to ensure diversity in apprenticeships in every way so come along on the 31st of May and see for yourself. (SIGN UP)
Read more on this here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/apprenticeships-work-for-women