Three Myths About Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships have changed. More and more young people are choosing to do apprenticeships as an alternative to going to university.
School and college leavers are starting a career months after finishing their GCSEs or A levels.
They are earning while they're learning, gaining valuable work experience as they work towards professional experience - some apprentices even get a degree! All this without having to pay back-breaking tuition fees.
The transformation of apprenticeships has significantly increased the career options for young people. Companies that offered the most sought-after graduate schemes are now employing apprentices straight out of school.
And yet, some students, parents and teachers still have negative attitudes towards apprenticeships.
So here three myths about apprenticeships and the truths behind them. Make sure you have all the facts and explore every pathway when you're considering your next step after school or college.
MYTH #1 Apprenticeships are just for tradespeople
REALITY Apprenticeships are available in a crazy range of industries and job roles
Apprenticeships were traditionally associated with trade industries, like plumbing and construction. You can now do an apprenticeship in a wide variety of sectors, from accounting and banking to consulting and engineering.
The range of schemes on offer has increased significantly. Now, there are programmes available in over 1,500 different job roles, across 170 sectors.
MYTH #2 Those who go to university are always better off
REALITY Many school leaver schemes fast-track your career
For careers in many different industries, university isn't always the fastest route in. Apprentices receive on-the-job training, as well as earning the qualifications that are required for a particular profession. They are work-ready!
In fact, a study by the Sutton Trust suggests that higher level apprentices can expect to earn over £50,000 more than most graduates in their careers..
MYTH #3 University degrees are needed for most jobs
REALITY 31% of graduates are in non-graduate level jobs
Not long ago, if you headed to university, you were considered to be at an advantage to those who hadn't. No more. The UK now has more graduates than it has graduate jobs.
So ask yourself, do you need to go to university to pursue your dream career? If you want to be a doctor or a dentist, you will need a university degree. For most other highly-skilled professions there are alternative pathways that avoid tuition fees.
If you're ready to start an exciting career, choose an apprenticeship. Like cereal box competitions, they are an amazing opportunity.