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Is an Apprenticeship actually worthwhile?

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    well what useful/in-demand skill do you expect to get out of it? If there isn't one then don't bother with it. A "store assistant" is not an apprenticeship sort of job, apprentices are supposed to be learning something specific like how to fix a car or something.
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    Exactly, and here is something I posted on another site:

    Also, the wages, in my opinion are shocking. I am 18 years old, and for the last 3 months, I have been consistently looking for work. Anything at all, just to earn cash. I have completed my Level 1 and 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance, and quite frankly, I wouldn't be happy with £2.63 an hour. I can't get into a job, so an apprenticeship is the only way I can make some sort of 'income'. The only problem is... I'm getting a flat in a month or two, so yeah, rent is also a struggle. If my rent alone is £110 a week, and I'm doing an apprenticeship for only £96.83 a week, then how do I afford to live?

    I'm already down by £13.17 at this point, and I still need to pay utility bills and buy food. This is not a substantial rate to be paying apprenticeships. Don't get me wrong, I think they are good. But for people in my situation, it is not the way forward, and rent and people moving out, should be considered and the rate should be scaled to match this.

    If the training isn't up to standard, where has the funding gone for this 'adequate' training then? If they don't even provide the right training, at least use the excess cash to pay a better rate.

    Overall, I'm not taking any sides here, I'm just putting across my honest opinions on the whole 'Apprenticeship Schemes'

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers, Mike
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    (Original post by Mike_Lia)
    Exactly, and here is something I posted on another site:

    Also, the wages, in my opinion are shocking. I am 18 years old, and for the last 3 months, I have been consistently looking for work. Anything at all, just to earn cash. I have completed my Level 1 and 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance, and quite frankly, I wouldn't be happy with £2.63 an hour. I can't get into a job, so an apprenticeship is the only way I can make some sort of 'income'. The only problem is... I'm getting a flat in a month or two, so yeah, rent is also a struggle. If my rent alone is £110 a week, and I'm doing an apprenticeship for only £96.83 a week, then how do I afford to live?

    I'm already down by £13.17 at this point, and I still need to pay utility bills and buy food. This is not a substantial rate to be paying apprenticeships. Don't get me wrong, I think they are good. But for people in my situation, it is not the way forward, and rent and people moving out, should be considered and the rate should be scaled to match this.

    If the training isn't up to standard, where has the funding gone for this 'adequate' training then? If they don't even provide the right training, at least use the excess cash to pay a better rate.

    Overall, I'm not taking any sides here, I'm just putting across my honest opinions on the whole 'Apprenticeship Schemes'

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Cheers, Mike
    Consider a professional house share on ~ £70 per week. Then maybe get a part time job on weekends. Not ideal at all but that is the only way to cope unfortunately these days on one unless you live at home.
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    Apprenticeships can be very worthwhile - learning a trade... but the one cited sounds terrible! ("Apprentice Store Assistant")
    I don't mean to be snobby, but to accept such a role you would probably have to have no prospects at all.
    I mean, you would be better off in any minimum wage job - so maybe for those that are unable to get such jobs.

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