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Why you should consider getting an apprenticeship

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Why you should consider getting an apprenticeship

A poll carried out by Construction firm Redrow found 54 percent of 18 to 21 year olds questioned would actively consider entering an apprenticeship. Although this sounds like a lot, the statistics of young people who actually go into an apprenticeship has dropped. Across 2018/2019 72,400 fewer people partook in an apprenticeship when compared to 2017/2018 (according to But why is this?

Apprenticeships are very good for practical based learners. If you struggled with academics in school, this might just be the thing for you! The on the job learning experience is not only paid but is a great way to start building up your career straight out of school. According to Unifrog 68% of people who started their career with an apprenticeship are happy with their job, where only 26% of people who went through university are satisfied with their career.                

It is, of course, important to make sure the apprenticeship you’re going for is a fully certified one. Some of the best apprenticeships are based on the grounds of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and maths)

Isobel Smithies started an engineering apprenticeship in September 2019 with an engineering company called Atkins. She will complete a level 3 NVQ         course followed by a level 6 master degree apprenticeship with the option of charter ship (a chartered engineer is a member of the institute of the electrical engineers), which is all fully paid for by the company!  In an interview Isobel said: “I didn’t want to go back to sixth form and I wanted to start earning and go into engineering so I figured the best way to do that would be through an apprenticeship. I also liked the idea of getting a degree without the debt!” When asked if she felt apprenticeships were encouraged enough to students, Isobel said: “I don’t think they’re viewed as highly as university. I think probably the parents who encourage going to university perhaps haven’t actually gone themselves. I just think it’s a lack of education around them. I’m coming home from a long day of hard work and yeah it’s tough but at the same time I can afford a really nice car and go out on the weekends when a lot of my friends are struggling to even afford driving lessons.”

Apprenticeships won’t be for everyone but neither will university. It’s important to pick the path that best suits your personality and recognise that both pathways will require hard work and dedication in order to be successful!

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