I’ve got my apprenticeship- what’s next?

When the time has finally arrived and your apprenticeship has come to an end, you may be wondering what the next step is. Though this can be daunting, it’s good to know that there are a lot of fantastic options that will be available to you. Completing an apprenticeship means that you have gained a lot of practical, on-the-job experience and skills that you can proceed to use in a number of different ways.

Options

Take the time to find out the options available to you so that you can make an informed and sensible decision when the time comes. Talking to your local jobcentre or making an appointment with a careers advisor can help you to figure out what kind of jobs out there are suited to you. Talking to your employer about any potential jobs within the company is also a great idea- they might be willing to take you on…

Stay with your employer

Staying within the company that you have completed your apprenticeship with is hugely beneficial; you have friends in the company, are well-known amongst other employees and know how the average working day there goes. However, this is not always possible so it’s important you find out whether or not they are offering any permanent positions to apprentices. Put together some reasons as to why you’d be perfect for the company and give clear concise examples.

Find a new job

Finding a new job can be daunting, especially if this is your first employment. If your current employer is unable to take you on with a permanent position, ask them if they know anywhere with similar roles available. You should also ask your employer if they are willing to give you a reference, which will help you in your search for a new job. Explore the industry and put together a good CV with up-to-date qualifications that you can use to approach new potential employers.

Further Education

Many people opt for further education after they have completed an apprenticeship. Having already obtained an NVQ, there are a lot of further choices and you may even want to try and gain an HND or degree. Talking to your college about the different options that are available to you is a great idea.

It’s important to remember that the end of an apprenticeship signifies the beginning of your career, and there are a lot of fun and exciting options available to you. Do the research necessary and find all the information you need to make a knowledgeable decision.

If you’re interested in completing an apprenticeship in engineering, we have some fantastic current vacancies that may be of interest to you. For more information, feel free to get in touch with a member of the team by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01452 423461.