An Introduction to becoming an Apprentice.

An Introduction to becoming an Apprentice.

It’s National Apprentice Week! In honour of the occasion, Kiwi Recruitment have crafted this guide to give you all the information you may need to know before deciding to embark on your apprenticeship journey!

Many of us are all too familiar with job rejection. Especially when it comes down to not having the amount of experience required for the role. It can be increasingly frustrating and leaves you with the question how on earth do you get experience if no one will give you a chance? A great answer to this question is an apprenticeship.

Whether you’re just about to leave school, college, or even half-way through your career but looking for a change, an apprenticeship could be the perfect answer to kick-start your career.

What are Apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a placement within a chosen workplace industry where you can earn while you learn. You’ll gain first hand experience of your chosen profession and industry. An apprenticeship is designed to be a structured training programme dedicated to building the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in the workplace. Enabling you to kick start your career into your chosen industry.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees. You will be earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff.

The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.70 per hour, but many apprentices earn significantly more. This may seem low to start with but bear in mind that you aren’t yet fully qualified, and as you grow in experience, your pay will increase accordingly! As an apprentice, you will also receive the same benefits as other employees, such as holiday entitlement and pension contributions.

Those who embark on an apprenticeship won’t be weighed down by tuition fees or student debt like that you would acquire by attending university.

An apprenticeship is a great place for you to build up your network. Building professional contacts will benefit you greatly in the future. You never know when you might need to call on your network for advice or for career opportunities.

Types of Apprenticeships

There is a wide range of apprenticeships to choose covering 170 industries. Some have many different levels. In fact, there are intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeships covering 170 industries.

The most important thing for you though is to decide on what sort of career you want to embark upon before you choose the apprenticeship.

What will you get out of an Apprenticeship?

Upon completion of your apprenticeship, you will have gained valuable experience in the workplace, and up to two NVQ qualifications that will help you to progress in your chosen career. Once your apprentice contract is complete, many find that they are offered a full-time position within the company which they were an apprentice for!

Once you have completed your apprenticeship there is also still room for professional development. Your employer can choose to enrol you in a higher-level apprenticeship, so you can progress within a business to higher positions.

How to become an Apprentice

There are a few methods of finding apprenticeships. You could visit your local college or training provider to see what apprenticeships they have available at the time. Alternatively, you could search for apprenticeship jobs via job boards like CV-Library, Indeed etc. A simple Google search will also pull up a wide range of apprenticeships, and don’t forget to check social media too!

Kiwi Recruitment are always on hand to provide any advice or guidance needed as well as sourcing the best available talent for your organisation.  

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