Research shows that many parents are unaware of the possibilities offered by Apprenticeships.
According to the Association of Accounting Technicians over half of parents they surveyed were aware that an Apprenticeship can lead to a career in the professions such as accountancy and law and over 20% didn’t realise that apprentices were paid a full time wage throughout the Apprenticeship programme. In actual fact there are more Apprenticeship opportunities available in business administration and law than there are trades Apprenticeships!
Apprenticeships are now a true and credible alternative to university and are high on the agenda with the government pledging to create three million new Apprenticeships by 2020, which will contribute billions to the UK economy.
Still not convinced? Here are some common misconceptions debunked…
Apprentices have all the same rights as other employees and will be given a contract of employment when they start. They even receive holiday pay.
Receive wages and incur no qualification fees
Unlike most ways of learning and gaining qualifications, the government and the employer pay for Apprenticeships. Apprentices receive a training salary from the employer, receive training and coaching support and have no qualification fees to pay. The national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50/hour. At The Apprentice Academy the average salary paid to apprentices is £8,500 per year.
Real jobs with real prospects
The majority of apprentices are full time and last for a minimum of 12 months, most last between one to three years. A recent report by Barclays and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) revealed that apprentices can earn 270% more than university graduates once they complete their Apprenticeship. At The Apprentice Academy over 90% of our apprentices secure permanent jobs at the end of their Apprenticeship or progress onto further or higher education.
Fulfilling jobs with responsibility
More employers than ever are recognising the value and contribution that apprentices can make to their businesses and are giving them responsibility early on. A great example is one of our digital apprentices Hannah, helped her employer to increase their online sales by £190,000 during the first year of her Apprenticeship!
Apprenticeships now include professional qualifications and can be done up to Level 7 which is the equivalent to a Masters Level. Apprentices with us typically start at Level 3 and work their way up from there.
If you’d like to find out more about The Apprentice Academy and how we support our apprentices, please get in touch.