Progression as an Apprentice

For many people, apprenticeships may be considered a second-class alternative to university. On the contrary however, apprenticeships are a high-powered route to qualifications and employment that bring minor risk of student debt. Additionally, 77% of apprentices stay with their employer after qualifying and 94% of employers consider traineeships/apprenticeships as an effective way of increasing career prospects for those looking to progress along their chosen career path. Chris Jones, the Director General of City and Guilds, stated ‘’You are typically seeing a faster return on investment with an apprentice’’ and added ‘’They appear to be delivering to a higher level. They pick up the sense of culture of the firm and workplace learning.’’

Apprenticeships allow for workplace learning, meaning that apprentices gain vital industry knowledge while developing the necessary industry skills and earning a qualification that offers at least minimum wage. On-the-job training also allows the apprentice to understand and adapt to working environments, so by the end of their training, they are fully prepared for the world of work.

In 2011, more than 200,000 university hopefuls were denied a place in higher education. University lecturers also find that a large amount of young people are put off applying for university for fear of debt. These factors indicate that people want to learn whilst not being affected negatively from a financial aspect. A growing number of employers are trying to combat this issue by running their own apprenticeship schemes – such as Proctor & Gamble who recruit school-leavers as opposed to university graduates. This reduces the initial wage bill and they believe it results in a more valuable employee who can progress to a higher salary and deliver a higher return on investment. Leading Accountancy firm KPMG pay trainees £20,000 to cover university fees if they sign on to a training scheme beforehand. It was also found in 2011 that 52% of 500 employers that are currently hiring apprentices believe they offer greater value in contrast to their university counterparts.

Overall, it can be said that apprenticeships are recognised by industry as an excellent means of providing people with an opportunity to up-skill both academically and practically and progress in their career. Often these are people who otherwise might not have had the chance due to high tuition fees at University. Apprentices can climb up their career ladder by progressing from Level 4 HNC’s to Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship Standards, which will then lead them into managerial roles.

Geason Training are an industry leading provider and we offer a wide variety of apprenticeships within the construction industry, specialising in Level 4 to Level 6 routes in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. If you would like to organise apprenticeship programmes or for any general enquiries, please call 0330 088 9596 and speak to our expert team today.

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