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APPRENTICE

HANDS ON
ARE YOU KEEN TO KICKSTART YOUR CAREER, BUT
DON'T HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE OR QUALIFICATIONS? AN
APPRENTICESHIP COULD BE A REALLY GOOD OPTION

N

ot everyone wants
to go to university,
but it can be hard
to kickstart your
career if you have
no experience.
That's why an
apprenticeship can be such a good
option - it gives you the chance to learn
what it is like to work in a certain area
while getting paid and studying for a
recognised vocational qualification.
The government is keen to invest in
apprenticeships. In 2015/16 there
were 509,400 apprenticeship starts in
England - 9,500 more than the previous
year, according to a briefing paper
Apprenticeship Statistics: England
prepared for the House of Commons.
Almost half - 44% - were taken up
by people aged 25 plus.
'Apprenticeships are available in
1,500 roles across 170 industries, with
more than 28,000 live vacancies at
any one time. With progression from
intermediate to advanced, higher and
degree apprenticeships, they provide a
ladder of opportunity for many,' says a
spokesperson for apprenticenews.co.uk.

The majority of apprenticeships are
in the service sectors and almost three
quarters (71%) are in three particular
sectors: business, administration and
law; health, public services and care; and
retail and commercial enterprise.

First-hand experience
Loving what you do is important, so it's
worth looking at ways to get into the
field you're truly passionate about. An
apprenticeship is a good option as it gives
you the opportunity to gain practical
skills while earning and studying for
qualifications, usually by attending

In a few years
you'll have the
experience and
qualifications
you need to
be promoted

college one day a week. An apprenticeship
will help you to get that all-important
first-hand experience of the workplace,
plus the qualifications you need for your
chosen career. Combined, these will give
you a head start in the job market.
OK, so you're not going to earn a
whacking great salary while you're
an apprentice - current rates are
£3.50 an hour for 16-18 year olds and
those aged over 19 in their first year
of apprenticeship. Other apprentices
should earn at least the minimum wage,
which is £4.05 for under 18s, £5.60 for
18-20 year olds, £7.05 for 21-24 year olds
and £7.50 for people over 25.
However, this is the minimum. Many
employers pay apprentices more than
this. But if it's a career you really want,
it's well worth struggling in the early
days. Within a few years you'll have the
experience and qualifications you need
to be promoted on to a higher salary or
move sideways to gain new experience
within your chosen industry.
This will put you a step ahead of the
people who have gone to college and have
a qualification, but are in debt and have
no practical experience.
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