Although many of the principles remain, modern apprenticeships have evolved hugely from this description. But it is undoubtedly this historical portrait that feeds the modern day reluctance by many to pursue this pathway.
Let’s dispel some of the myths
1. Apprenticeships are for poor achievers
Not true! There are definitely some apprenticeships that focus on practical skills which suit some people better. But today’s apprenticeships are available to A level school leavers and upward. Some apprentices choose to complete a degree level apprenticeship rather than university, as it allows them to gain higher education academic qualifications at the same time.
2. Apprenticeships focus on manual jobs
For sure, there are range of apprenticeships in construction, plumbing, electrics and similar. But there are equal numbers of roles in business administration, banking, marketing, IT and so much more.
3. Apprentices do not earn much
Some apprenticeships are paid the minimum wage to start, but at the same time, they do receive high quality accredited training in their chosen field to really kickstart their career. Some apprenticeships, particularly those at degree level, are paid a competitive starting salary rivalling or exceeding their graduate counterparts.
4. Apprenticeships are only for school leavers
Apprenticeships can be started at any age: today there are no restrictions! Learners may be looking for a career change, trying to upskill or perhaps secure a new role after taking some time out.
5. Businesses do not take apprentices on
In today’s working world, apprenticeships are more popular than ever as employers recognise the value of upskilling fresh trainees in a thorough and job focused way.
6. Businesses don’t value apprentices
Research indicates that apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 per week so more and more employers are now choosing to grow their business through apprenticeships. Furthermore employers say that former apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications, since their training and development has been practical and work-focused.
7. There is no long term job security as an apprentice
Whilst there is no guarantee of a permanent position once an apprenticeship is completed, a lot of companies will employ apprentices once their learning period is over. In fact, over 90% of apprentices remain in employment or go on to further learning.