Work, learn and earn after GCSE results day!
Since 2015, regulations changed and 16- and 17-year olds who have completed their GCSEs now need to be in some kind of recognised work or training until their 18th birthday.
That can mean going to a sixth form or college to study A levels or a vocational course or it could be going on to an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship means that you can get the training and qualification you want, in a career that interests you and you’ll be paid a salary as well!
Here are 10 reasons why apprenticeships are a great way to kick start your career:
- It’s a change from the classroom. You get real, ‘hands-on’ practical experience in a real job role, learning the right skills in a real environment – this is the kind of experience that employers look for when recruiting new staff.
- Learn from those in the know. You will have access to great support when you train – this will be from working alongside experienced people in your workplace and also from specialist trainers from your apprenticeship training provider who are there to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.
- Gain the skills employers want. Many apprenticeships, and therefore the skills, knowledge and behaviours that you learn, have been designed in conjunction with employers so they are what employers want and value and could give you the advantage when applying for jobs in the future.
- Different levels to suit you and your ambitions. There are lots of different levels of apprenticeship and ones that suit school leavers at 16, people finishing college, university graduates and right through to people who have been in a job for many years. Apprenticeships are not only a way to start your career but also a way of progressing when you are in a job. Many employers are now investing in apprenticeships and see this as a great way to recruit and retain people in their organisation.
- Lots of career choices. People often think that apprenticeships are for certain technical and practical jobs such automotive technician or hairdressing. However nowadays there are apprenticeships in most sectors from digital marketing through to law and new apprenticeships are being developed all the time.
- Avoid student loans. Many who go to university come out with a significant amount of debt. As an apprentice, your employer pays for your training and also pays you a salary.
- Build your professional networks. On an apprenticeship you will naturally meet lots of people across your business and perhaps with external suppliers and agencies. You’ll be in an ideal place to build professional relationships and networks to succeed in the role you are in and for your future career ambitions.
- Stand out from the crowd. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain access to a company or a sector you want to work in, and if you do a really good job and become a valued member of the team it will put you in a strong position when there are permanent job opportunities.
- Learn transferable skills. As apprentices do real jobs in real work environments, you gain the softer skills that will help you throughout your career and make you more confident such as team working, effective communication and problem solving.
- Enjoy what you do. Not only are apprenticeships a great way to really understand an industry and find a career that you enjoy, as with many workplaces you get to meet different people and make new friends.
So, if apprenticeships sound like an option for you, contact Remit. As an apprenticeship training provider, we work across the UK with many local, regional and national companies and we often help them to find the best apprentices for their company.
Our friendly colleagues are here to help answer any questions you may have and see if we can find the right apprenticeship for you. Get in touch, or call us on 0115 9759 550. We look forward to hearing from you !