Myths about apprenticeships
1. An apprenticeship won’t lead to quality full-time employment
Completing an apprenticeship often puts an apprentice ahead of another applicant for a full-time job; the employer knows the apprentice, knows what experience they have and has been responsible for developing their skills. The apprentice is a ‘known quantity’ to the employer whereas another candidate would not be.
Employers invest money and time into training an apprentice. It therefore makes financial sense for them to provide a full-time job at the end of an apprenticeship, rather than give a job to someone else.
Even if there is no full-time job available with the initial employer, other employers will look favourably on a candidate who has direct and relevant work experience in their industry; especially one who has already been trained.
Research by the National Apprenticeship Service found that 90% of apprentices stay in employment, with 67% staying with the same employer.
2. Apprenticeships are restricted to those aged 19 or under
Anyone wanting to re-enter the workforce, re-train or upskill can apply for an apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit but it is a particularly popular option for 16 to 19 year olds.
3. Apprenticeships are only available in manual trades
Most industries now offer apprenticeships. It is possible to undertake an apprenticeship in a range of career paths, including business and management, education, and customer service as well as in traditional manual industries (see the section on case studies).