Doing an apprenticeship has a lot of benefits over other avenues. To start with, you don’t have to worry about student loans; with an apprenticeship, there’s no cost to you, and you can even get an apprentice discount card. With student loan debts soaring to a £50,000 average, earning money instead of losing it can be quite appealing.
Apprentices also have better job prospects than their university counterparts. In 2018, 90% of apprentices had gone into full-time work or further training following their apprentice, compared to 73% of university graduates. On top of that, 64% of apprentices are kept on at the same company, so you might not even have to bother with job hunting!
Apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete, depending on the level. Each apprenticeship will have individual entry requirements, and they vary – you will typically need English and Maths at GCSE grade 4-9, and possibly up to 3 additional GCSE’s. Each employer or training provider can set additional criteria for the role, such as specific IT skills, and this too varies.