An apprenticeship is a mix of studying, working and getting paid, all whilst progressing towards a recognised qualification. An apprenticeship will provide you with the necessary skills required in most working environments and 60% of employers have said they value apprenticeship skills over graduate qualifications.

The first thing you need to ask yourself is: are you ready to go to work? If the answer is yes, then you’ve probably already decided university or further education isn’t for you and that an apprenticeship might be better suited to your needs.

You’re then going to need to decide if you can get to your chosen career through an apprenticeship. Most courses offer qualifications right up to degree level with no restrictions on where you have to complete them.

If you find the course you want to do, you then need to decide where you want to do your apprenticeship. Do some research into what’s around, which training providers offer the qualifications you want and which companies are already advertising for apprentices.

Remember, once you’ve completed your apprenticeship you have many different career options. You can stay on with your current employer, you can use your experience to secure yourself a job elsewhere or you can progress on to a higher apprenticeship or degree course. Apprenticeships give you plenty of opportunities to continue climbing the career ladder with 1 in 5 employers saying they have former apprentices in senior management positions.

If you’re still having doubts, speak to a training provider or another apprentice – they’ll be able to give you first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be an apprentice.

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