An apprenticeship can be a springboard into a varied and rewarding career, while enabling young people to earn while they learn. It can help to:
- gain transferable skills valued and recognised by employers
- save them money by having their training paid for (including a degree where they are undertaking a degree apprenticeship)
- expand young people’s horizons and open doors to opportunities they may not have thought about before
- grow their confidence and shape their thinking on what kind of career they’d like to have.
The diverse nature of apprenticeships means there’s bound to be something out there that suits – whether it’s law, engineering, nursing or design.
Apprenticeships are a perfect fit for young people aged 16+ who want to get straight in to the world of work. In contrast to staying in full-time academic study, an apprenticeship offers a wage from the outset while they train and gain new skills on the job. They may decide to apply for one of the degree apprenticeships on offer to gain a degree, rather than go via the traditional university route, if that’s how they prefer to learn.
Find out more about the different levels of apprenticeship available
If they aren’t quite ready for an apprenticeship or are seeking work experience to help support their application, a traineeship might be the perfect way for them to boost their career prospects and gain new skills.