The top five reasons to be an apprentice

Published Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Celebrating the 10th annual National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March), Waverley Borough Council’s apprentices are sharing what life is like as an apprentice.

Over the course of the week apprentices from across departments have taken over the council’s social media account on Instagram. Giving everyone an insight into what a day as an apprentice looks like and sharing some highlights from their experiences so far.

 

1 – Earn while you learn

Legal Apprentice, Ellie Dosanjh, said: “I enjoy working and gaining new qualifications, as well as earning a living for myself.”

 

Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage, benefits like pension contributions and working alongside experienced staff. Research shows that an apprentice can earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job.

 

2 – No debt

Communications Apprentice, Andrew Graffham, said: “When I was in college I looked into uni, but the courses weren’t really what I wanted and the debt was daunting – costs for attending seemed to be rising every year. By doing an apprenticeship I get to do something I’m interested in and have no debt.”

 

Past Employee Services Apprentice Alex Newell said: “I don’t think people realise quite how much debt they get into while being at uni and living away from home.”

 

Those who started university in England in 2017 could well face a debt of more than £30,000 by the time they graduate. As an apprentice your employer will be paying you to gain a qualification.

 

3 – Kick start your career

Ellie said: “I think a business administration apprenticeship is a perfect opportunity to get into various different jobs and it could open up a lot of new opportunities.”

 

To have a foot in the industry at such an early stage in your career is massively beneficial and could give you the basis to work all the way up to a Managing Director position.

 

4 – Get the skills employers are looking for

Alex said: “Studying in the workplace proves to provide invaluable experience in whichever area of work someone chooses to go into.”

 

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers and offer a structured programme that coaches you through the skills you need to be successful.

 

5 – Gaining a nationally recognised qualification

Andrew said: “I felt under qualified and inexperienced, an apprenticeship kills two birds with one stone. I now have an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2), have started my Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) as well as 18 months of valuable experience.”

 

There has never been a better time to become an apprentice. If you are interested in finding out more about apprenticeships - what they are and how they can work for you - then Waverley Training Services can help you: www.waverley.gov.uk/wts.

 

Visit www.instagram.com/YourWaverley to see what our apprentices got up to.

 

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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