Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Myth Busting Apprenticeship Misconceptions

There are a lot of misconceptions about apprenticeships out there so we've decided to set the story straight!

  • You can't do an apprenticeship if you don't have A-C in functional skills Maths and English

This isn't true! A level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSEs and you can do your functional skills alongside it.

  • You can only do apprenticeships in traditional manual jobs

There are apprenticeships available in over 250 professions. This includes ICT, journalism, law, veterinary nursing and media, along with the traditional ones, such as construction and plumbing.
You can see a list of lots of different types of apprenticeships here.

  • Apprenticeships are just for people who don't get into university or college

False. An apprenticeship is just a different pathway to university and college. Someone may choose to bypass uni and go straight into the work place via an apprenticeship as they want to kickstart their career and start earning straight away.
Some people do an apprenticeship and then head to uni after, with a better idea of what they should study to get them on the career path they want. Apprenticeships provide qualifications that are equal to college and university levels. There are even degree level apprenticeships now!

  • Apprentices get terrible pay
Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, currently at the rate of £3.30 per hour. But that is just the 'minimum' that you can be paid and many companies and organisations pay more.
You can see the average salary per year for different types of apprenticeships here.

  • Apprentices are disadvantaged because they do not have a degree

No. Apprenticeships offer a wealth of different qualifications and training. Apprentices also gain lots of experience and will have many of the skills that employers will be looking for. There are now degree level apprenticeships where apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace, gaining a full bachelor's or master's degree while earning a wage and getting experience.

  • Apprenticeships are only for young people
Apprenticeships are open to anyone 16 or older. There is no upper age limit.

If you have any questions about apprenticeships, leave a comment and we will get back to you.

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