What is an Apprenticeship?
It’s a job but it’s also still an education with qualifications and should not be seen as any lesser than going on to do A levels or going to university and getting into debt.
The Apprenticeships include weekly classroom time at college with experienced tutors teaching the theory to make sure the apprentice covers all aspects of the job for their NVQ Level 3 award. Apprentices are trained the rest of the week by professionals in their field who share their skills and knowledge to help the apprentice put the theory into practice and become an expert too.
Whilst they are gaining all this experience and knowledge they are also being paid. An apprentice’s wage is admittedly low but this is because there are other costs to a company that make it viable to dedicate the time to training individuals but remember, no one is being paid anything whilst they sit in school! Work hard and improve, and as time goes on, it should start to reflect in your wages.
Skills for Life
An apprenticeship is a job foremost and being in the trade involves early starts, long hours labouring and not always in nice cosy environments (if ever) but it is a skill for life and can give you many opportunities in the future.
- What an employer looks for in an Apprentice
- Life as an apprentice in GF electrical
- How to Guide – Apprentice Application