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An apprenticeship is a job with training. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.
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10 Apprenticeship Myth Busters
- Apprenticeships are only for people with bad grades
Apprenticeships are simply an alternative route into employment. Those choosing apprenticeships are often ambitious and keen to learn and earn at the same time.
- I won’t be able to afford it/I won’t be paid
Apprenticeships are paid for by the government and your employer. Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, Currently at the rate of £2.73 per hour for those aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over in their first year. From 1st October 2015, the rate is to rise to £3.30 per hour. However many companies will pay more.
- Apprenticeships are only available in construction and administration
The days when Apprenticeships were only available in certain industries are long gone. Apprenticeships are available in a huge variety of industries including banking and HR.
- Apprenticeships will negatively affect my future career prospects
Employers increasingly value apprenticeships as a viable career route as it means applicants will have experience of the workplace and a qualification.
- I won’t get a good qualification.
There are many types of apprenticeships, providing different levels of qualifications.
- Apprenticeships are only available in cities
Apprenticeships are available throughout the UK, in a variety of industries.
- If I do an apprenticeship I’ll get stuck in the same industry
Apprenticeships aren’t just available in a variety of industries but different areas of business too. Once you have completed an apprenticeship you can move into a different job.
- Apprenticeships are only for young people
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. There is no upper age limit.
- I need experience to get an apprenticeship
Apprenticeships provide the opportunity for young people to gain first hand experience and to develop workplace skills. Employers recognise applicants won’t necessarily have previous work experience.
- Businesses are not hiring apprenticeships
The number of apprenticeships businesses are hiring has increased. The government recently unveiled 16,000 new apprenticeships.
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