Apprenticeship or Direct Entry

    • Thread Starter

    Hi Everyone,

    Not sure if anyone has the answer to this, but for a mature applicant coming from a completely different sector, what do you think would be the best option to move into engineering, apprenticeship or direct entry?

    The reason I ask is that I hold a degree from 10 years ago and would like to go into telecoms (BT) as a field engineer, but not sure if it would be better to apply direct entry, or on the apprenticeship route? I would prefer the apprenticeship route, but concerned that having a degree (in a totally unrelated subject) would put me at a disadvantage?

    Thanks for reading

    It's a sad state of affairs where having qualifications is seen as a bad thing. Is there an HR team at BT you can contact to ask what they'd advise you do? If you prefer the apprenticeship route apply for that. Good luck!

    It may not put you at a disadvantage if it's an advanced apprenticeship.

    Take a look at the application process, it may not give you anywhere to tell them you have a degree, in which case you should be fine.
    • Thread Starter

    Thanks Donkey

    My partner has just started with BT, and everything he is doing, and what BT are offering are right up my street, although have to get used to heights, pole climbing could be interesting

    In regards to apprenticeships, anyone who is qualified above Level 4 (equivalent to 1st year of uni) is considered over qualified for any apprenticeship role. This is what I was told from an recruiter.

    (Original post by hamzaahmad786)
    In regards to apprenticeships, anyone who is qualified above Level 4 (equivalent to 1st year of uni) is considered over qualified for any apprenticeship role. This is what I was told from an recruiter.
    Only applies to small companies where government funding is essential. Most big companies can afford to take the hit, and will for the right candidates.
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