Apprenticeships are open to all ages and span across all industries, apprenticeships give you a chance to learn a trade, earn a wage, gain a qualification and have access to invaluable experience.
As a fresh faced teenager, you go to school with the aim of getting GCSE’s then A-Level’s so you can climb up the ladder and eventually move onto university. But, not everyone is the same, some students detach and classroom learning starts to become monotonous rather than inspiring. Apprenticeships give you the chance to get your hands dirty whilst in the world of work, a different type of learning entirely from the classroom based lessons of school or college.
My name is Callum, I currently work for Antrec as a Social Media & Marketing Apprentice. In September 2015 I was starting Sixth Form to complete my A-Levels, each day I was working extremely hard to improve my grades. After my first year of A-Levels, I decided that this was not for me. It was at this point that I thought about taking a look at some other opportunities that may be available to me, soon after this point I was looking at “apprenticeships” and how it is another way to get a profession instead of university. To be perfectly honest, this was a great way for me to get a job, as I had been losing so much interest in the educational pathway. Having completed some research on apprenticeships, I found the following benefits to being in a genuine job with a skills development programme:
This list can reach the bottom of this page but I won’t bore you, my point is that apprenticeships are another pathway into employment as well as going to university. On an apprenticeship, you can work your way up and maybe become a permanent staff member after the apprenticeship at the place you are doing your apprenticeship at, which in my opinion is a very life changing opportunity.
Most young people do not realise how slim the opportunities are at the moment, you need to take that risk and literally like they say, “Bite the bullet”. This term is a great example for why you need to take them opportunities you get in life because each opportunity can help you now and in the future. Most of us young people have no idea what we want to do in the future. I’ve been assured that this is normal… some people do and some people don’t, but at some point, in everyone’s life, people are confused about what they want to do as a career, as this is what they will do in everyday life.
If you have got this far, then you must be interested in considering your options on apprenticeships. Some of you might still be wanting to go to university and that’s fine, but you never know how good something can be until you try it yourself. And that is my quote for you today, to try things “yourself” and be sure about what you want to do in the future.
If you would like any further information on the courses or apprenticeships we have on offer why not come visit us or attend one of our new information sessions every Tuesday & Thursday starting at 3pm and Wednesdays from 9am.