What are apprenticeship career prospects like?

Whether you’re a high school leaver, college graduate or looking to train in a new skill, an apprenticeship could be the ideal route for you.

 

If you’re thinking an apprenticeship could be the next step for you then this route could help you build the foundation for a bright future. There are many careers that beginning as an apprentice could lead to and for many, you’ll already have one foot in the door and be learning skills as you work.

Long term or short term?

The company you begin your apprenticeship with could very well be the place you decide to progress up the levels. In fact, 85% of apprentices will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) remaining with the same employer.

Looking at it from a fast-win perspective, apprentices will immediately reap the benefits of their return on investment. One in three of all former apprentices received a promotion within a year of completing their apprenticeship. As much as we consider the here and now, it’s the longer-term that’s also vital to consider – how will this benefit you years from now?

To put it in real-life terms, 51% of companies stated that it takes an apprentice approximately five years to reach management level and 92% of apprentices reported being ‘satisfied’ with their apprenticeship.

The dots connect when you’re looking into the future and trying to decide where you want to be five years from now, knowing you have a solid career path and having a business that supports you every step of the way makes life that much easier.

Securing your future

Not only will you be nailing down the path you want to take, but you’ll be securing knowledge for future skills and careers.

For many employers, hiring an apprentice is ideal because it will help future-proof their business by training apprentices in areas they know they’ll need in the future. Whilst upskilling their current workforce, your knowledge and training will become a valuable tool in doing so.

Due to the nationwide skills gap affecting the trade sector, your expertise in a field of construction (i.e. Plumbing, heating, etc.) will be in high demand and this gives you the added bonus of job security.

According to HomeServe Foundation’s latest UK Domestic Trades Skills Index report, there are one million new workers needed in construction and trade to meet the growing demand by 2030. This highlights the importance you will have in choosing a skill that is needed by many.

On-the-job work experience

Rather than being confined to the four walls of a classroom, choosing an apprenticeship route allows you to test your newly acquired skills out on the road in real-life situations. We all understand it’s one thing learning something sitting at a desk, but something entirely different when putting it into practice.

Having relevant work experience under your belt will put you in good stead against the competition for potential future job roles. Many employers value work experience, as well as qualifications, as it demonstrates you’ve already begun fine-tuning your skills.