Apprenticeships can offer help to people of all ages gain the skills and knowledge they need for a rewarding career. However, there are common misconceptions surrounding them. That’s why through this blog we bust some of the top myths surrounding apprenticeships.
Myth 1- “Apprenticeships are for people who don’t do well at school”
Apprenticeships are not an option that is available for people “just in case”. They are an alternative route into skilled employment, a great way to earn whilst you learn, and an excellent way to gain vital work experience and be able to set yourself on a fast track to a successful career.
Myth 2- “Apprenticeships are low quality”
This myth is far from the truth! In fact, quality is at the heart of apprenticeships. And to ensure things stay this way, the government has recently launched the Institute for Apprenticeships, making sure that all are delivered with the same high quality. There is also a group of employers that have come together to continuously design new apprenticeship standards to be sure that apprentices are learning the skills most relevant and valued in workplaces that employers need.
Myth 3- “Doing an apprenticeship doesn’t lead to good qualifications”
There are ladders of opportunity that doing apprenticeships offers, allowing learners to progress from trainee-ships and intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeships, all the way up to higher and degree levels. The apprenticeship route is becoming increasingly popular, with 19% of advanced apprentices progressing to degree level of qualification.
Myth 4. Apprenticeships are only for school leavers
In fact, apprenticeships are available to people of all ages. This makes them a great opportunity for anyone looking to change their career or improve their skills to secure a new role.
Myth 5. Employers don’t value apprenticeships
There is research that shows apprenticeships boost the productivity of businesses by an average of £214 per week, meaning that more and more employers are now choosing to grow their business through apprenticeships. Take the employer’s word for it! They say that former apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications. Apprenticeships provide the stepping stone to a brighter future.
Myth 6. An apprenticeship won’t lead to a full-time job
In fact, more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends, with 67% remaining with the same employer.