Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn. But they are also an option that not many young people are educated on. To celebrate #nationalapprenticeshipweek, Jade and Chelsea have answered some of the questions they get asked a lot about their apprenticeships.
What did you know about apprenticeships before you chose to do one?
Jade: I didn’t really know anything about them. I certainly didn’t know how many different types of apprenticeships there were available.
Chelsea: Apprenticeships weren’t mentioned to me as an option in either high school or college. I was quite academic and was pushed towards university.
What were your thoughts on apprenticeships before you chose to do one?
Jade: I didn’t think I would find one in an industry that I was interested in. I thought they were mainly focused on manual jobs. There is a distinct lack of education about apprenticeships for young people.
Chelsea: Once I understood what was involved I thought they were a great way of continuing with your education but in a more hands-on way. It’s a way to gain a degree while getting the experience of the workplace and working in the real world.
How did you find out about apprenticeships?
Jade: My knowledge about apprenticeships came from my mum. After GCSE’s, I wasn’t in a good headspace and continuing in full-time education was really difficult. I dropped out of my A-levels and went to do a level three diploma instead. After a year of this, I found Prominent.
Chelsea: Throughout my second year of A-levels, I was struggling to deal with the dynamic of traditional learning. Classrooms had begun to make me bored because I knew that the way I was being taught wasn’t how I learnt best. My step-mum had mentioned to me a few times about the different apprenticeships that are on offer and had told me that it would be perfect as I wanted to continue education but also work at the same time.
How did you know that an apprenticeship was right for you?
Jade: I didn’t. Due to new laws, I had to stay in education or do an apprenticeship until I was 18. I couldn’t stay in college and so looking for an apprenticeship was my next course of action. I’m incredibly lucky that I found Prominent and this opportunity and that it is the best choice I’ve ever made.
Chelsea: I knew that university wasn’t the right option for me, and I wasn’t ready to leave education so I took a leap and trusted my gut instinct that an apprenticeship would be the right option.
What would you say were the main differences between college and apprenticeships?
Jade: I feel more like an adult and I’m learning a lot more than I ever did at school or college. Being able to apply the skills I’m learning to different situations within the workplace has really helped me to grow and retain important skills and information.
Chelsea: The main difference would be that an apprenticeship offers a lot more opportunities to experience things that college would not be able to give you. I am being taught in a more hands-on way, which helps me retain the skills they are teaching me. An apprenticeship gives you a transferable skill set that you can take from job to job with you that will make you more attractive to prospective employers.
What made you choose to do your apprenticeship with Prominent?
Jade: I liked the idea of working within a small, close knit team where everyone has different skills and expertise to teach you. I also felt really comfortable in the office environment.
Chelsea: As soon as I left my interview, I knew that I wanted to work with Prominent because they were so welcoming and encouraging. The atmosphere of the office made me feel calm, which I knew was something I needed in order to grow.
What is your advice to someone deciding between university and apprenticeship?
Jade: Definitely look into it. University isn’t for right for everyone and there are more options available.
Chelsea: No matter how much your teachers try to push you towards university, know that there are other options available and that in the end, your choice is only going to affect your future. You need to be happy with your choice and trust your gut instinct.
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