But I think we can do better than that. Let’s break it down:
In days gone by, apprentices tended to be young people working under a skilled craftsperson to learn their trade. Usually in a practical profession.
But these days, apprentices can be found in almost every industry, from TV production and broadcasting to education and healthcare.
And because of the variety of employers and their needs, an apprentice might find work in a department they’re skilled in, for an employer in a sector they’re personally interested in.
Like, say, an accountant for a Premier League football club.
The list of employers offering apprenticeships is hugely diverse, and only getting more so.
The Government is incentivising apprenticeship programmes of all levels, but especially at the top end with degree apprenticeships. This means the kinds of employers offering apprenticeships across the board is becoming more varied. So, keep an eye out for newcomers.
Many intermediate apprentices do make a modest living, with the minimum being £4.30 an hour. But this reflects someone entering a first job with zero experience.
If you’re over 19 and have finished your first year in an apprenticeship, you’ll receive a minimum of £6.56 an hour (the national minimum wage for 18 – 20 year olds).
But remember, employers have to compete for your talent just like you have to compete for the job. Most offer more than the minimum, with some higher and degree level apprenticeships offering salaries between £16,000 and £24,000 per year. And in some cases, more.
An apprentice is someone who challenges themselves to work and study at the same time. It’s essentially a full-time job where you spend 20% of your time studying.
It’s not easy, and it requires a commitment to a specific career path where traditional educational routes offer more flexibility.
But for those who take an apprenticeship in a field they know they want to work and progress in, the reward is consistent applied learning, relevant workplace experience, and the opportunity to work for an exciting employer from day one.
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If you think an apprenticeship could be right for you, head over to Career Finder and create an account.
You'll be able to:
- search for all apprenticeship roles
- filter by subject area, role type, location, and level of apprenticeship
- shortlist jobs
- sign up for alerts
- keep tabs on applications you've made