Where Can Your Apprenticeship Take You?
An apprenticeship is when you work full-time for an employer, whilst studying for a relevant qualification alongside it.
There are different levels of apprenticeship, depending on your education history, and whether you want to complete one as an alternative to school or university.
If you want to get stuck into your career early, and the thought of staying on at school or going to university is not for you, then an apprenticeship is a great alternative.
Not only do you receive on-the-job training, but you get paid a proper salary! Read on to see exactly where your apprenticeship can take you…
What industries can I do an apprenticeship in?
You might think of apprenticeships as only offering roles in a traditional trade, such as plumbing, construction and hospitality. However, in recent years there has been an increase in apprenticeships in all industries, with some of the UK’s top companies! For example…
Did you know that some of the UK’s largest banks and investment firms now offer apprenticeships? We’re talking the likes of J.P. Morgan, Barclays and HSBC - to name just a few.
You might think the only way to get into banking is through university - but that’s no longer the case. You can now start a career in banking as soon as you finish your GCSE’s. With an apprenticeship in banking, you have the chance to have a career in commercial, investment, retail banking or more!
Health, Science and Pharmaceuticals
Were you interested in science at school? Are you looking for a role that involves critical thinking and where you could work towards potentially life-changing research? Then a career within health, science or pharmaceuticals could be the one for you!
This could cover anything from dentistry, nursing and social care to manufacturing and the nuclear industry. If you want to find out what working in the health, science and pharmaceuticals industry is really like, read reviews of previous apprentices experiences’ here.
What careers can I pursue with an apprenticeship?
Who says you can’t pursue a sought-after profession with an apprenticeship? More and more of the Top Employers are creating opportunities for young people to make a start on their career.
Read on to see some of the careers you could pursue with an apprenticeship...
Become a Solicitor
Yes, that’s right - you could even become a solicitor through an apprenticeship! It’s a Level 7 programme - meaning you could gain a Master’s degree - but there are some prerequisites that are recommended in order to be eligible for the course. These include:
5 GCSE’s (including English & Maths)
3 A Levels (or equivalent) - minimum grade C. AND/OR
Relevant employer-led work experience
Level 3 advanced apprenticeship in a relevant occupation (such as Business Administration or Legal Services)
Level 4 higher apprenticeship in a relevant occupation (such as Legal Services or Providing Financial Advice)
Become an Engineer
Engineering is a popular university degree course, but don’t be fooled, you can still pursue a career within this sector through an apprenticeship. Work experience within this sector means you are able to see if this is the career for you before spending thousands of pounds studying for it - it’s a win-win!
Not sure which companies will be best to do an apprenticeship for? Fear not.We have over 6,000 reviews of past engineering apprentices for you to read, and get an understanding of which company is best suited to you! Take a look at them here.
Get a degree
Degree apprenticeships are the new cool kids on the block. They’re popular as you don’t have to pay the traditional university fees you would with a regular university degree! It’s an opportunity for school and college leavers to leap straight into career, with an industry-designed degree and none of the debt.
How do they work?
Funding for degree apprenticeships is divided between the government, who pay two-thirds, and the rest is paid by your employer. It’s like a full time job, with the benefit of studying for a degree alongside it!
This could be you…
Amy Reynolds, Tax Partner for Mazars:
“You should remember that everybody’s career path is different and there is no right way to go about it – I never went to university, I went in to my career back to front compared to most people, going from industry to practice and not starting in compliance and yet it never held me back.”
Amy started out as an apprentice, after dreaming of becoming an accountancy partner since her primary school days. Fast-forward to age 33, and Amy became the youngest ever partner at Mazars!
If that hasn’t inspired you, here’s a list of some well-known names who also started out as an apprentice: