There’s no doubt that apprenticeships have built up more steam over the past few years, but for many people, the word ‘apprenticeship’ still brings many out of date ideas to mind. At The Specialists Hub, we stand at the forefront of innovative education and are well aware of just how rewarding apprenticeships can be to both employee and employer. It is our aim to create a widely positive view of apprenticeships and the value they bring.
Apprenticeship Myth No.1: Age
We’ve all heard the saying “age is just a number”, but it couldn’t be truer in the case of apprenticeships. It’s common for people to imagine a teen fresh out of school or college upon hearing the word ‘apprentice’, yet this is far from reality. It is true that apprenticeships are a great way to start out in your career, but they also offer the opportunity for those older and already established within working life to switch careers. Our previous case studies have included Frank and Dan, two of our older apprentices who switched from careers in the leisure industry and financial services to cyber. Both outlined that they initially had hang-ups about enrolling as apprentices due to the preconceived idea regarding age but have never looked back.
Apprenticeship Myth No.2: Salaries
Many people associate apprenticeship salaries with minimum wage, but this is often not the case. The earning potential of our apprenticeships are, in many cases, above-market rates for other entry-level or graduate roles in similar fields. This is alongside earning a salary as you gain valuable qualifications, getting paid holidays, and a debt-free start to working life. Currently, we are hiring for a number of apprenticeship roles around the country, with starting salaries up to £28.7k. You can view our vacancies here.
Apprenticeship Myth No.3: Job Prospects
Linking back to the connotations of the word ‘apprenticeship’, it’s common for people to only think of the construction industry or labour roles, but there are many more apprenticeship pathways available. It’s possible to become an apprentice in almost every single industry in the UK; we alone offer 22 different apprenticeships each taking learners down a different pathway (view our full list here). Apprenticeships are also the most direct route into the workplace with 90% of apprentices staying employed – an employment rate that is actually higher than those with degrees!