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Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular, with positions available across many different sectors. Apprenticeships jobs can provide you with valuable hands-on experience whilst you also study towards an industry-recognised qualification and receive a salary. Popular industries for apprenticeships include accounting, business, law, construction, engineering and finance. Apprenticeships are traditionally aimed at school leavers (16-19-year-olds) and seen as an alternative to higher education.

However, there are growing apprentice opportunities for mature students and others outside of this age group. Apprenticeships jobs can be an excellent alternative to university, providing a more practical, ‘hands-on’ approach to learning. You will learn ‘on-the-job’ and have the chance to use your new skills instantly. Keep reading to learn more about apprenticeships, including which sectors are hiring and what you need to qualify.

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Apprenticeships are once again growing in popularity, with companies seeing the many advantages such programs bring. As such, apprenticeships opportunities can now be found in a much more diverse range of sectors. Advanced manufacturing continues to offer many apprenticeships jobs, including companies such as Airbus, BAE Systems and Rolls Royce. Meanwhile, construction, digital and electronics all continue to offer apprenticeships opportunities. In addition to these traditional industries, sectors such as financial services, marketing and public relations are also now beginning to offer apprenticeships, including the likes of Barclays and HSBC.

Degree apprenticeships are also becoming increasingly popular. These allow you to work full-time whilst also studying part-time at university. These courses are often only available in sectors that involve high levels of academia. This, combined with increased competition for places, means apprenticeships opportunities are fewer than for traditional apprenticeships. Sectors that offer degree apprenticeships include digital industries, business management, nursing and aerospace & automotive manufacturing.

More companies than ever are offering apprenticeships jobs, with employers seeing such schemes as viable alternatives to hiring graduates. However, graduate-level candidates are still often preferred, and this is unlikely to change in the near future. Depending on the sector and role you are applying to, employers may require you to have some relevant experience or qualifications.

Furthermore, in addition to any qualification requirements, apprenticeships employers will likely be looking for candidates with some or all of the following abilities:

  • Hard working and determined
  • Understanding/interest of the sector/role you are applying for
  • Professional outlook and willingness to learn

Apprenticeships jobs can offer excellent career prospects. This is because you will be learning on the job whilst also given the opportunity to gain valuable qualifications. Whilst many people are offered full-time positions once finishing their apprenticeship with a company, this is not always guaranteed. However, if you are not offered a position, the experiences and skills you acquire will often help you find another similar role.

The availability and salaries of apprenticeships can vary significantly depending on the sector, type of apprenticeship, your age, qualifications and previous experience. Entry-level apprenticeships for 16 – 18-year-olds requiring no previous experience or qualifications often pay as little as £3.90 an hour initially. This does rise after a while, whilst those aged 18 and over will also often be paid higher hourly rates.

Apprenticeships can provide an excellent way to enter an industry. You will be given lots of on-the-job training and have the opportunity to show your talents and value to an employer. Many roles will also enable you to gain valuable qualifications, which will help you develop further. Apprenticeships can also remove the need for expensive and lengthy university degrees, with many of those taking this route often earning the same or even more than those who took the university route.

However, apprenticeships can also be demanding. You will be expected to juggle learning with working, and therefore your days will often be busy. Starting salaries can be very low, whilst you will also likely be required to undertake many different tasks. Competition for places can be high, and you may be subject to regular performance reviews, which can also be stressful.