apprenticeships mechanics getApprenticeships are on the rise yet many negative stereotypes and myths are still attached to them which could discourage people from taking them on.

We are here today to bust those myths and give you the facts on why apprenticeships are not only worth it but also highly rewarding.

Myth #1: Apprenticeships are for people who failed at school

This is probably the most common myth and the most unfair. Whether or not an apprentice “did well” at school, it is a great route to full time employment and a good way to gain valuable industry experience. Not to mention you can earn while you learn.

Myth #2: Apprenticeships are only for manual labourers

Whenever people think about apprenticeships, their minds tend to go to manual labour (or “blue collar”) jobs such as mechanics, electricians and construction workers.

While these industries benefit the most from taking on apprentices (we at Gloucestershire Engineer Training certainly do), other jobs that aren’t as labour intensive also do. These include office environments and IT-based roles.

Myth #3: Apprenticeships are just cheap labour

Apprentices tend to have a reputation for being the one that does all the donkey work, i.e.: the jobs nobody else wants to do. It doesn’t help that people tend to think an apprentice wage isn’t very much either.

This perhaps comes from the misconception that apprentices are paid less simply for being an apprentice when in fact they’re paid at least the national minimum wage.

As for all that donkey work, it can depend on the company but rest assured that all apprentices are given a wide spectrum of work to complete (including coursework) to work up to earning their qualification and, eventually, a full time job.

Myth #4: Apprenticeships don’t lead to anything

Not every apprentice stays on but the initial goal of all apprenticeships is to eventually sign on as a full time employee. As we said, they are an alternative route to employment as opposed to going to college or university.

There are also many different levels to an apprenticeship, going from level 2 all the way up to degree level. With more and more people becoming apprentices and nearly 20% leading to higher levels qualifications, it’s pretty difficult to argue that they don’t lead to anything at all.

Myth #5: Apprenticeships are poor quality

Quality is at the heart of every apprenticeship programme. The government has worked very hard to push them forward as an alternative for young jobseekers, and even some older ones, to take them on to reach full time employment.

Numerous researchers have also done their best to establish the standards currently seen in apprenticeships to ensure that both employer and apprentice are getting exactly what they need.

Want to learn more about what apprenticeships can do for you? Explore our apprenticeships page for more details.