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My First Impressions of an apprenticeship

As a student visiting GetMyFirstJob for some extra work experience, my knowledge of apprenticeships was extremely limited. These are my first impressions.
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Through research and talking to the teams, I have learnt what an apprenticeship is, the levels of apprenticeships and the benefits and reasons to taking an apprenticeship.

As a student visiting GetMyFirstJob for some extra work experience, my knowledge of apprenticeships was extremely limited. Through research and talking to the teams, I have learnt what an apprenticeship is, the levels of apprenticeships and the benefits and reasons to taking an apprenticeship. As a student visiting GetMyFirstJob for some extra work experience, my knowledge of apprenticeships was extremely limited. Through research and talking to the teams, I have learnt what an apprenticeship is, the levels of apprenticeships and the benefits and reasons to taking an apprenticeship.

I've never done anything surrounding apprenticeships, and never really heard of them, to be honest. Now I know what they are and would recommend them to friends!
Emma Prince

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a training program that provides an introduction to the workforce. Providing nationally recognised qualifications at the end. Apprenticeships last at least 12 months and pay a minimum of £3.50 per hour.  

What are the levels of apprenticeships?

There are different levels of apprenticeships from intermediate to higher:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships are equivalent to five good GCSE passes. They work towards NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) level 2, key skills and a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC.
  • An advance apprenticeship compares to two A-level passes, NVQ level 3, key skills and a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. To start an advanced apprenticeship five GCSE’s at grade c or above, or an intermediate apprenticeship is ideal.
  • Higher/degree level apprenticeships focus on work-based learning qualifications, contributing to NVQ level 4 and a knowledge-based qualification such as a foundation degree. 

What are the reasons and benefits of taking an apprenticeship?

Although it is often thought that university is a great way to continue education and gain new experiences and freedom, it should not be the deciding factor for choosing which path to take next. It is not advertised enough that with an apprenticeship you are in fact continuing your education while gaining life skills (that are more important to employers than the education alone), experiencing new things, getting used to a real working environment and getting closer to having the freedom that you want than you are at university. An increasing number of university students come home at the end of their time a university, meaning they have to readjust to living with less freedom, whereas apprenticeships give you a chance to work and earn money for yourself meaning that once you move out it's much more unlikely that you would need to move back in. This also means that you still have the option to live close to your family or move away if you wish. On top of this, it is not uncommon for apprentices to be offered jobs at the end of the apprenticeship, there is no unwanted debt to pay off and the skills gained are transferable and lasting.  The experience of a workplace and life skills that you get with an apprenticeship cannot be taught in a class room.

Written by Emma Prince on work experience at GetMyFirstJob.

 

 

  • Author: James Pether
  • Published On: 14/08/2017

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