Did you know that since 2015, 2.2 million people in the UK have started an apprenticeship?
Or that 93% remain employed after they complete their time as an apprentice?
Or that there are more than 1500 different job roles that apprentices can train for?
These and many more facts were shared with students as we enjoyed a busy and productive National Apprenticeship Week. From simple introductions to what an apprenticeship is, to detailed discussions with apprentices and employers across a wide choice of job sectors, everyone will have been able to take something useful from the week.
Live link ups each morning provided valuable insights to career paths available in manufacturing, health professions, civil engineering and the RAF. Students could submit their own questions, getting an idea of what they would need to achieve to start an apprenticeship, to salary levels they could expect and the experiences that might be available both as a trainee and as part of their successful career.
Did you know that there are now four types of apprenticeship that our students could consider – intermediate, advanced, higher and degree. Intermediate can get young people started in a chosen career in entry level roles. Advanced apprenticeships are considered to be the same level as two or three A level passes, adding experience in the workplace to more academic study.
Higher apprenticeships are a further step up from advanced roles, and at the top, degree apprenticeships are offered by universities and other providers. These might offer a full degree or even up to the level of Masters qualifications. For any student considering the apprenticeship route, which type they embark on would depend both on the needs of the employer and the experience and qualifications of the apprentice.
A helpful feature of the week was hearing about the experiences of real apprentices working for many businesses both large and small, and in the public and private sectors. One case study was from a young woman called Samah who offered students this advice, “Do your research, Check out all of your options as there are so many available and in different career paths. University is not the only option!”
She recommended that parents and carers understand that doing an apprenticeship can be the best of both worlds, as the young person earns an income, and at the same time gains a qualification and gets practical work experience. “Don’t be worried,” she said, “the opportunities are endless.