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Top reasons to do an Apprenticeship

25th September 2014 by Cleo Jones

Apprenticeships offer people experience, qualifications and new prospects that they can take with them into any job in the future and build a career. Here are our top reasons to choose an apprenticeship.

Earn while you learn

One of the greatest advantages to choosing an apprenticeship is the fact you get paid whilst you complete it. You’re gaining a qualification whilst also getting paid for it too. Currently the minimum wage for apprenticeships is £2.68 an hour for the first year but if the employer chooses to pay more they can do so.

Relevant work experience and training

Whilst taking on an apprenticeship, not only are you gaining an qualification and getting paid for it too but you’re building up work experience and gaining all the necessary training needed in your field. You can then take all this experience and training and build up an impressive CV which will benefit you for the rest of your career.

Gain a qualification

Every apprentice will undertake an NVQ in their field. NVQ’s can range on level, from intermediate to higher which are university degree equivalent and have different levels of NVQ’s within each one. Apprentices can start off on a level 2 or level 3 and work your way up or if you’re already in a job and want to undertake a higher NVQ you can do so.

No cost to yourself

The courses themselves are fully funded and you do not have to worry about building up any unnecessary debt.

Benefit from one to one training

Arguably one of the greatest advantages from doing an apprenticeship is that you will benefit from one to one training. You will be mentored by someone whose experienced and qualified in your field and they will show you the ins and outs of everything you need to know and help you through your NVQ.

Extra Qualifications

When you decide to take on an apprenticeship there are many other qualifications and training services that can be offered to you dependent on your job role. When doing an apprenticeship as of October 2012 you are required to also take your functional skills exams in Maths, English and I.T. These qualifications differ from GCSE’s as they are based around your day to day life instead of the likes of algebra and literature.

Further information

Want to find out how you can land yourself an apprenticeship? Give us a call here at Joint Learning on 01704 562696 or email us at and leave your details. You can also visit our website to see a list of current vacancies and courses we have to offer.

Apprenticeship Levy

The new apprenticeship levy on employers will be introduced in April 2017 and will help fund employer apprenticeship schemes and reach the target of delivering three million apprenticeships by 2020.

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