Five Reasons To Do An Apprenticeship
For many, choosing the Apprenticeship route is an obvious choice. For others, it might not be the path they expected to follow. Some haven’t considered the opportunities and benefits that come as part of the parcel that is being an apprentice, take a look below at the five reasons to do an Apprenticeship.
Earn while you learn
As an apprentice you will receive the National Apprenticeship Wage, if you are 19+ and in your second year of your apprenticeship then you will receive the National Minimum Wage for your age bracket.
Apprentices receive training that help them develop skills for life. Many of our Apprenticeship Standards also contain qualifications that are recognised Nationally. This can be optional or mandatory, depending on the standard. If you live in England and are 16 years-old and over, and not currently in full-time education, then you can apply to be an apprentice.
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. This means you are paid while you learn skills specialised to your industry. If you are entering work for the first time, you will start earning from day one of your apprenticeship. There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, however all employed apprentices must receive a minimum salary level.
Get practical, relevant experience & training
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in each industry. This means we’re able to offer a structured programme that takes you through the knowledge, skills, and behaviours you will need to do your job to a high standard.
There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress. Your work-based trainer will always be on hand to support you, wherever you may be struggling.
Learn on and off-the-job
Apprentices learn on-the-job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time.
You work towards your apprenticeship which covers certain knowledge, skills, and behaviours. Employers all over the country recognise and value apprenticeships as they show that you have been trained in the skills they need.
Most of your training will be learnt on-the-job however 20% will be off-the-job training. This means that you will be undertaking tasks during your work hours that are different from your usual duties. This may include things such as shadowing or mentoring.
Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of apprenticeship and the level. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer’s requirements too.
The sky is the limit
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. You will get skills that employers really want, giving yourself a wide choice of paths in your career.
When you have finished training, you can carry on working, move to another job in the same sector or maybe stay where you are and get promoted. Many of our apprentices stay on with their employer in their choice of work; employers often look for individuals who wish to grow within their company.
You also could progress into higher education if this is something you’re interested in doing.
Our Learner Engagement Consultants are here to inspire and support learners through the process of the Grimsby Institute apprenticeship programme, within a range of vocational industries.
They liaise with employers and learners to ensure that each learner has a tailored apprenticeship to meet their career aspirations. They also ensure that the candidates they send over to employers are suitable for their company.
Our Learner Engagement Team also provide a range of employability workshops and apprenticeship inductions to ensure that you are as prepared for your apprenticeship as can be, this may include things such as interview support or careers advice.