Having started my journey at Hawk four weeks ago, I have already gained a real insight into the world of apprenticeships and what they involve. There are so many myths surrounding apprenticeships but I hope this post will help you to understand the realities of undertaking one.
"Apprenticeships are only for young people"
Myth busted: It is a common misconception that apprenticeships are only for young people aged between 16-18. With the wide range of apprenticeships on offer, they can be suitable for anyone. An apprenticeship can be tailored to an individual and their job role to further enhance their skill set and knowledge of their responsibilities. The House of Commons reported that in 2019/20 47% of apprentices were over the age of 25.
“Apprenticeships are for ‘low skilled’ roles only”
Myth busted: Apprenticeships are not only for entry level roles. Apprenticeships are available from a level 2 (equivalent to GCSE level) all the way up to level 7 which can be the equivalent of a Masters Degree. The Government has published an A-Z list of all of the apprenticeships available which can be found here.
“Apprenticeships are for people who didn't do well at school”
Myth busted: Apprenticeships are purely a different way to learn, furthering your education. You get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of your time spent in off the job learning.
The rest of your programme is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the actual workplace, doing your job. You’re able to gain valuable hands-on, practical work experience that will help you in developing your career.
“Apprentices don't earn very much over their lifetime”
Myth busted: The London School of Economics has found that apprentices in their twenties earn anything between £1,000 - £7,000 more, per year, compared to their graduate counterparts, who tend to harbour the weight of student debt.
The Sunday Times recently reported that the research from the university’s Centre of Vocational Education Research found that at age 26, those with level 4 qualifications – equivalent to an apprenticeship, certificate of higher education or certain other vocational courses – had higher earnings than degree holders.
By the age of 26, women with level 4 qualifications earn on average £21,300 per year and men receive £30,400. In comparison, female graduates earn £20,500 and male graduates averaged £23,200.
“Apprenticeships don't lead to full time jobs”
Myth busted: Research by Reed found that as many as 85% of apprentices will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) remaining with the same employer. 32% of apprenticeships go on to receive a promotion in their first year of employment. In the long term a City & Guilds report found that almost 20% of employers have former apprentices working in board level positions.
Read Laraib's story about how she discovered apprenticeships and why she chose to complete one, rather than a degree here.
To find out more about the apprenticeships we offer contact us on 020 8891 0992 or via the Contact Us page on our website where a member of our team will be more than happy to help you out.