Leaving school and taking those first tentative steps towards a lengthy and prosperous career path can be daunting. Time spent choosing a vocation that best suits the skills and abilities you so patiently and studiously learned at school or college is of vital importance, and those decisions can be a major factor in your life for years to come. Of equal importance is matching those learnings to the type of job that will complement and enhance those skills in a career that will offer personal happiness, technical challenges, and career growth in equal measure.
Apprenticeships offer an opportunity to grow like no other form of introduction to the jobs market. Our aim at apprentice.tv is to endear you with a resource that will enable you to understand the concept of apprenticeships, provide information about becoming an apprentice, describe the range of positions available, detail the wages you can expect to earn during and after your apprenticeship, and outline the most highly sought after apprentice positions in the UK.
But really… what is an apprentice, and what can being an apprentice offer you that makes it more attractive than taking other career paths?
Apprenticeships are positions made available by employers who recognise that they have to look to the future to replace retiring skills, and to bring new skills to their growing companies to allow them to maintain their success. Many jobs take time to learn, particularly if the people learning them are dipping their toes in the jobs market for the first time, but securing an apprenticeship will see your employer give you the space to grow, whether it’s a 1 year or a 5 year position.
Ranging from Apprentice Administrators and Accountants all the way through to Apprentice Nuclear Technicians and Offshore Engineers, employers invest in both youth and adult apprentices to drive them successfully onwards.
Many, if not most, employers will encourage you to seek further education that matches the job you’ll be doing when you pass from being an apprentice to a more permanent position with them. Depending upon what the profile of the job is, your employer may ask you to complete an NVQ (SVQ in Scotland) level 2 or 3 to allow them to continually assess your progress as you pick up new techniques and abilities. Further to this, many employers in technical or professional sectors such as accounting, legal, nuclear, engineering, or aviation industries may ask you to challenge yourself even further and attend college or university; free of charge in many cases.
Apprenticeships are an endless world of opportunity, and being an apprentice brings personal pride and professional recognition that you’re doing something with your life that will set you on a path of success with a freedom to develop.
So take that step that can launch your career on a diverse and challenging route, and become an apprentice in an industry that both suits you and needs you.