When you’re 16 and about to leave school, there are usually two paths you can follow in terms of future education. You can go to College/Sixth Form, maybe do your A Levels and go to University, or secure an apprenticeship. For many years there has been a stigma around apprenticeships. Views have developed that you will find it difficult to secure a high earning job if you follow this path and are simply not true. More businesses are taking on apprentices now than ever. Companies like Marks & Spencer’s and Lloyds Bank are good examples of businesses that have seen the benefits of apprenticeships. By the end of this blog, you’ll understand 5 reasons why you should choose an apprenticeship over a university path.
1. Earn While You Learn
With an apprenticeship, you will be able to earn a wage whilst gaining a qualification. This is one of the main attractions of apprenticeships as you can earn a qualification equal to that of a degree while making money simultaneously. Money and qualifications aren’t the only things you will get out of an apprenticeship, you’ll also gain experience. Experience is priceless.
2. Experience and Education
As mentioned in the last point, experience in the real world of work is something that can be valued more than a degree. Experience in your chosen field will prove to employers that you understand the theory behind your job and you’ve demonstrated putting it into practice. Having a certificate on your wall is all well and good but ultimately, showing you can do the job to employers will automatically give you an advantage over someone who is sat in a lecture theatre for the past 4 years.
3. Avoid Student Debt And University Fees
Going to university means you have to pay an annual £9000 in tuition fees. If you’re lucky you’ll come from a family who are financially comfortable and won’t find any difficulty funding your tuition, however, not everyone can say the same. Most people will have to take out a student loan to pay for their tuition. This means finding yourself in debt before you even start to work. These debts won’t be paid off easily, the typical UK university graduate accrues £20-44,000 in student loans by the time they graduate and many are still paying them off decades later.
4. Incredible future prospects
Upon finishing your apprenticeship you could potentially find yourself in an incredibly good position. You could be kept on by your employer as a full-time employee with the opportunity of working your way up through the company to management positions. Or you could possibly move to a different employer and start fresh in a new company. Either way, the sky is the limit. With your qualification and work experience, the future is literally in your hands.
5. Teaching and Training
Throughout your apprenticeship, you will be learning on and off the job from a variety of different angles. Within your workplace, you will be mentored by experienced workers, with the opportunity to watch closely how to do the job. Learning the trade from someone who has been doing it for years will teach you something no university can. Throughout an apprenticeship, you will also receive off the job training. Here you will learn the theory behind the work you’re doing in the workplace. The training you will receive on and off the job, will give you the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to tackle the role yourself.
With this information, you will hopefully make the decision to choose an apprenticeship route. If you’re struggling with deciding your career path or would like to know more information, please feel free to contact us on 01325 320052 or visit https://www.itecne.co.uk/contact/
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