An apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for you to learn new things and get straight out into the world of work, all whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification! Doing an apprenticeship is also the perfect alternative to university or college if you feel as though these options aren’t quite right for you. There’s lots you’ll gain from an apprenticeship but here are a few key things that’ll benefit your career in the long run!

  1. You’ll gain invaluable experience

Experience is everything when it comes to getting a job and employers often value relevant experience over having qualifications alone. Doing an apprenticeship shows that you can work in a professional environment, both as part of a team and as an individual.

  1. You’ll have specialised skills

As an apprentice, you’ll work in a particular role within a team and this means that the things you learn will be specialised to a specific role or department. Therefore, when you apply for a job with the same requirements, you’ll already have the skillset they need and you’ll stand out from other applicants who only have qualifications.

  1. You’ll make connections

Everyone you work with or meet is a potential connection who could help you in the future, so be sure to make a good impression on everyone you come across. Social platforms such as LinkedIn enable you to network with these connections and they can be useful in the future for career advice or job opportunities.

  1. You’ll open doors for your career

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you’ll have lots of options. Whether you want to continue where you are, move onto a new opportunity or take on the next level of your qualification. Either way, there will normally be a chance to progress in your role.

  1. You’ll know what you want

During your apprenticeship, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work within a specific role, team or environment and this will help you to decide what you want from your career and where you’d like to progress to next.

  1. You’ll get a reference

You can put everything you learn from your apprenticeship on you CV when applying for a new job, but often a new employer will also want a reference from someone at the company you worked for. A reference can come from many different people that you’ve worked with – from your line manager to your assessor – and a good reference can make all the difference to your chances at a role.

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