The Importance of an Apprenticeship

The amount of young people who choose to undergo an apprenticeship scheme rather than continuing with their studies at school, sixth form or college is increasing year after year. Being an apprentice holds multiple benefits, including earning money whilst learning as well as getting your foot in your chosen industry.

Being in an apprenticeship allows you to obtain real-world experience within a job you’re interested in and enjoy. Not only this, but you’ll be earning money whilst learning. The minimum wage for an apprenticeship starts off at around £3.25, but a lot of apprentices can earn significantly more, often rising as experience increases.

Becoming an apprentice in any field means you’ll have your own programme especially tailored to you. This will take you through any skills you need to become successful in your chosen industry. Experienced experts will be there to aid your learning, whilst also training and supporting your studies. You will be treated by a company employee throughout your apprenticeship, and at the end you will gain a nationally recognised qualification- which can range from level 2 right the way through to a degree.

A huge advantage of being an apprentice is it allows you to progress within the company who have employed you, providing you impress your employer. Being able to get your spot in an industry you’re interested in, and at such a young age, can be hugely beneficial to your future career, potentially allowing you to climb to a higher position within the future of the company.

If you’re unsure whether to take the next step into university or an apprenticeship scheme, it’s important to remember that an apprenticeship may not cost you a penny. If you are between the ages of 16 and 18, the government will fund the entirety of your apprenticeship. For any apprentice who is aged 19 or over, the employer will be expected to make a financial contribution towards the cost of your training.

A typical Engineering Apprenticeship will last somewhere between 2-5 years to complete depending on the level. During your time at work as an apprentice, you will be able to meet clientele and customers, as well as a huge amount of people in the company. This will allow you to create a rapport with colleagues, customers and your manager, helping you to keep your place in the business.

An apprenticeship scheme will allow you to advance as a professional colleague, helping you to become an essential part of any team. Perhaps you’re adamant that sixth form, college and university isn’t the next step in your life, and think an apprenticeship could be just that. At GET, we offer a range of apprenticeships in the engineering industry. If you’d like to know more, we can help you out! Visit our Contact page or give us a call on 01452 423461.