Top 5 Benefits of Being an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to gain real-world experience within the industry of their choice. For those who are motivated to start working, apprenticeships are the ideal way of gaining experience. We’ve put together five benefits as to why an apprenticeship could be the perfect choice for you after school.

Earn and Learn

Apprentices are employees within companies, which is why they earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff. The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50, though it’s not unusual for some apprentices to earn more. Though it may seem low, it’s important to remember that apprentices aren’t yet fully qualified, and they can go on to earn more than graduates within their first job.

Relevant Experience

Apprenticeships are created with the help of employers, meaning all essential, relevant parts of the working life are covered. Apprentices learn from experienced professionals, as well as learning externally at a college. Employers will ensure you’re working in a department that is of interest to you and your college modules will also reflect this.

Build Contacts

Completing an apprenticeship means you would have been involved with the day-to-day running’s of the company, and therefore, will meet many important people. Apprenticeships take around one to four years to complete, depending on the level, so you can imagine during this time that many contacts and rapports are established with many people within the industry.

Nationally Recognised Qualification

Completing an apprenticeship means you are gaining training and a work-based, nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are available in multiple industries and job roles, meaning there is a lot flexibility regarding the qualifications that can be gained. It also means that it should be easy to find a job in industries dissimilar to your apprenticeship qualification.

Progress

Apprenticeship qualifications don’t have to end at intermediate or advanced apprenticeships. Apprentices can progress further up to a degree level qualification. Employers may wish to offer an apprentice a full-time job within the company if they have shown a high level of enthusiasm for the role, which could prove hugely beneficial for their career.

Here at GET, we help young people obtain apprenticeships within the engineering industry. If that sounds of interest to you, get in touch with a member of the team today by visiting our contact page or by calling us on 01452 423461.