The Truth about Apprenticeships

"Apprenticeships are for people that didn't get into university"

This isn't true, people are now choosing apprenticeships over university as a way to save money or get a head start in their chosen career. There are apprenticeships for everyone, GCSE level to degree level.

"Apprenticeships are badly paid"

This is a very common myth amongst young people and parents alike. Apprentice minimum wage is now £3.70 an hour for your first year, however a lot of employers pay more meaning you could be on £200 a week!

"Apprentices only make teas and coffees for other staff"

All apprenticeships are full time jobs with real roles, responsibilities and expectations.

"Apprenticeships are only for trade jobs"

You can now do an apprenticeship in almost anything, from Healthcare to Warehousing! Apprenticeships are no longer just for Builders and Carpenters, meaning that anyone can do an Apprenticeship at any age.

"Apprenticeships are just for school leavers"

This certainly isn't true, 46% of apprenticeship starts in 2016/17 were people aged over 25, 29% were between ages 19-24 and just 25% were under 19 years old.

"You have to go to college if you do a apprenticeship"

Not all Apprenticeships mean you have to attend college, for example a apprenticeship through Steadfast Training means you wont have to attend college but would be visited once a month by an assessor. If your apprenticeship is through a college its normally only one day a week or month you have to attend.


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