We’ve all been there. College is over and your adult life has just begun, with friends and families urging you to take the next step as soon as possible. There seem to be only two options available: starting a three-year course at university or finding a job. However, it’s now that you could realise you’re not interested in going to university. At the same time, you might not feel ready to jump in a full-time job either.
In this case, an apprenticeship could be the right choice for you.
An apprenticeship is a valuable work-based learning experience which provides young people with the opportunity to develop an extensive set of skills through training, assessments and first-hand experience on the work field. The increasing value of apprenticeships is highlighted by students and employers alike, with the 76% of the latter claiming to have seen an improvement in productivity thanks to the employment of apprentices.
Stay with us to discover the top ten benefits an apprenticeship can have for you.
1. Learn while working
As a school leaver, you might feel like working is the best choice after graduation – money, independence and a boost in confidence. However, you might not be sure you possess enough working and interpersonal skills to help you land a full-time job.
In this case, an apprenticeship presents itself as the most suitable option to help you develop both sets of skills. Being a work-based learning experience, an apprenticeship allows you to learn a job directly on the workplace whilst providing you with the support of the classroom environment.
2. Earn while learning
Earning a salary is a crucial part of becoming an adult. With the beginning of your adult life, it’s normal to wish to be more financially independent from your family’s help.
We’ve got good news for you. An apprenticeship allows you to earn a salary whilst you’re learning a new job.
In fact, as an apprentice, you’re entitled to National Minimum Wage. Currently, the minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour, this turning into National Minimum Wage according to your age after the completion of your first year of course. However, salary can vary from employer to employer. You’ll be paid for both your normal working hours and the hours of training you spend in the classroom, as well as for you 20% off-the-job hours.
Because of your status as a both a student and a worker, you’ll also get paid holidays and will access company benefits.
3. Build a strong work experience on the field
Whilst part of your training takes place in the classroom, you’ll spend most of your time in the workplace. In this way, you’ll be able to learn the practical side of your job rather than focusing solely on the theory behind it.
The unique structure of an apprenticeship provides you with the opportunity to learn from peers and seniors, thus allowing you to gain a clear advantage over your colleagues who have just left university.
4. Variety of industries, courses and levels
This is probably the best benefit of doing an apprenticeship, i.e., the freedom to choose the industry you want and start from the level you believe more appropriate for you.
Here at FNTC, we offer a vast range of courses and levels. From Accountancy and Business Administration to Childcare, Digital Marketing and more courses coming in September 2019, we’ve got you covered. You can decide to enrol with us in an intermediate or advanced level apprenticeship (Level 2 and 3), and then progress onto higher levels.
5. Learn key skills
Most industries require apprentices to have three or more GCSEs, including English, maths and ICT.
If you can’t find your certificates, don’t panic! Your training provider will give you training in English and maths, thus allowing you to gain these life skills during the initial months of your course.
The aim of functional skills is to keep apprentices up to date with their maths and English knowledge. Functional skills differ profoundly from GCSEs, as they mainly concern real-life scenarios and teach you how to apply a set of notions in your day-to-day tasks.
6. Boost your CV
Being based on the work place, your course will allow you to develop skills which will boost your CV.
By the end of your apprenticeship, you won’t need to worry about not having gained experience on the field. For a minimum of 12 month, you’ll work towards your qualification by gaining technical knowledge in class, and practical knowledge on the workplace. The recent introduction of the End Point Assessment (EPA) will make sure you’re retaining what you’ve learnt throughout your journey.
At the end of your apprenticeship, your CV will not only display your knowledge of the industry you work in, but also the confidence you’ve built by working alongside seniors and peers. It will also show your commitment to learn a new profession and your maturity in undergoing an experience which requires real hard work.
7. Receive qualifications recognised by chartered bodies and institutions
Apprenticeships are structured work and learning experiences which end with a qualification recognised by chartered bodies and official institutions within your sector.
During your learner’s journey, you’ll work towards your qualification by sitting exams, working on a portfolio and getting ready for your final interview. Once you’ve ticked all these requirements off your list, celebrate – you’re officially qualified for the job of your dreams.
8. Get student discounts
Let’s talk money and how to save it. One material benefit of doing an apprenticeship is being able to access student discounts.
Most training and apprenticeship providers are partnered with Totum – FNTC included. Possessing an NUS card means accessing amazing discounts. An NUS card is of great value for an apprentice, this being only £12.00 for 12 months. Go and grab yours!
9. No student loan
Despite being classified as a learning experience, an apprenticeship doesn’t require you to get a student loan.
In fact, differently from tuition fees, apprenticeship costs are covered by your employer and the Government. This is a great benefit of doing an apprenticeship, as it allows you to focus on your qualification without worrying about repaying a student debt.
10. Get bespoke and one-to-one support
Lastly, but definitely most importantly, in an apprenticeship you’ll never be alone.
Here at FNTC, we are aware of how much effort and hard work our students put in their apprenticeships. We take PRIDE in our learners and do anything to support you throughout your journey with us.
As an apprentice, you’ll get bespoke support from your coaches. Coaches play a fundamental part in your learner journey. They not only provide you with training, but also make sure your working environment and employer are offering you the tools to develop and progress correctly.