Have you ever considered or are you currently considering an apprenticeship?

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Poll: Have you ever considered or are you currently considering an apprenticeship?
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cleveranimal56
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If apprenticeships give you work experience for a certain field, surely you're screwed if you decide you want to work in a different field later on?
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I’m currently doing the Level 3 Assistant Accountant apprenticeship. I’m really enjoying it tbh. I’ve found my niche in accountancy - and being able to go to work and do something I enjoy is great!!
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(Original post by cleveranimal56)
If apprenticeships give you work experience for a certain field, surely you're screwed if you decide you want to work in a different field later on?
There’s always transferable skills. You just have to sell yourself well.

Obviously if you’ve done an apprenticeship in construction and now want to be a surgeon it’s gonna be a stretch. But even then you can go back to uni, get the qualifications you need etc.

You’re never really completely screwed in that situation. It’s just gonna take you longer to get to your goal
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(Original post by O_O.)
There’s always transferable skills. You just have to sell yourself well.

Obviously if you’ve done an apprenticeship in construction and now want to be a surgeon it’s gonna be a stretch. But even then you can go back to uni, get the qualifications you need etc.

You’re never really completely screwed in that situation. It’s just gonna take you longer to get to your goal
But is it worth doing an apprenticeship if you're set to get A stars at A level?
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As far as I'm aware the majority off these are used as an excuse to people less than minimum wage for min wage or near min wage jobs. A quick google for apprenticeships in my city finds chef, customer service specialist (call centre) and dental nurse as the top 3...

Not a single one which is a genuine alternative to a decent white collar career, and while I'm aware these do exist they are incredibly rare and extremely competitive. If they want these to take off they need them to be a legitimately decent alternative not just something to let huge companies pay shelf stackers and pub chefs half the min wage.
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(Original post by cleveranimal56)
But is it worth doing an apprenticeship if you're set to get A stars at A level?
depends what you want to do and what your goal is. theres pros and cons to everything but dont think that having A* means youre somehow above doing an apprenticeship (not that thats what youre thinking). apprenticeships arent just for people who failed their a levels ykwim?

usually, if youre unsure about what sector you want to work in, an apprenticeship is not the way to go. if you know you want to work in hr, an apprenticeship in hr is going to get you there a lot quicker (and cheaper) than a 3 year degree in business or psychology.

if you dont know what you want to do and you take an apprenticeship working in an office 8 hours a day surrounded by a subject you dont like, an apprenticeship isnt the way you wanna go. a lot of people use uni as an expensive buffer between teenage-hood and adulthood, more time people have no idea what they wanna do after uni. being unsure is much less stressful when you have assignments and lectures than if you have all that + a fulltime job
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(Original post by O_O.)
depends what you want to do and what your goal is. theres pros and cons to everything but dont think that having A* means youre somehow above doing an apprenticeship (not that thats what youre thinking). apprenticeships arent just for people who failed their a levels ykwim?

usually, if youre unsure about what sector you want to work in, an apprenticeship is not the way to go. if you know you want to work in hr, an apprenticeship in hr is going to get you there a lot quicker (and cheaper) than a 3 year degree in business or psychology.

if you dont know what you want to do and you take an apprenticeship working in an office 8 hours a day surrounded by a subject you dont like, an apprenticeship isnt the way you wanna go. a lot of people use uni as an expensive buffer between teenage-hood and adulthood, more time people have no idea what they wanna do after uni. being unsure is much less stressful when you have assignments and lectures than if you have all that + a fulltime job
Alright, thanks! Helped me a lot. I'll probably go the uni route, because I don't want to restrict myself in anyway.
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(Original post by cleveranimal56)
Alright, thanks! Helped me a lot. I'll probably go the uni route, because I don't want to restrict myself in anyway.
no worries. i mean if i were you id apply to the apprenticeships that catch my eye anyway cuz you can always reject if they offer and youll have a second option if you change your mind. hope it all works out for you tho. gl
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No. Wasn't particularly interested in working for £3 an hour when I was 16.
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Probably not, with a lot of apprenticeships, it’s possible to get a job with in the field anyway which would likely be paid more.
NMW for the first year of your apprenticeship is £4.60.

I hate Northampton, let’s look at a selection of apprenticeships available there:
Support Worker- https://www.findapprenticeship.servi...ceship/-641955
H&S care are crying out for staff, you do not need experience to get a job in the field. Why on earth would you accept ~£6 an hour for such bloody hard work? Companies have to provide you with appropriate training and CQC regulated services have to do the care certificate with their employees.

Pharmacy Assistant- https://www.findapprenticeship.servi...ceship/-697984
~£4.60 an hour, it’s near enough slave labour! I’ve seen other companies offer equivalent trainee jobs such as boots which pay a far more reasonable £9 an hour.

Glorified customer service https://www.findapprenticeship.servi...hip/1000027422
Again there’s probably not much point in this apprenticeship. Pays ~£4.60 per hour
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Currently doing a Level 2 apprenticeship but I want the uni experience so I should finish my apprenticeship by July and I'm going to uni in September.
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I’m thinking about a level 7 apprenticeship in Law after my A-levels
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