Anna Morrison CBE
Director, Amazing Apprenticeships
What do we really mean when we say, ‘Keep your options open’? It’s about taking time to explore and research all of the options that might be available to you, and only saying no — or ruling something out — when you know that you’ve looked at everything.
When it comes to apprenticeships, researching the options might feel complex. Although some of the core elements of apprenticeships remain the same, such as what an apprenticeship is and the available levels, there are also a lot of variables that need to be factored in.
The job roles
There are more than 600 different apprenticeship standards covering nearly 2,000 different job roles. Each apprenticeship role will be different, with employers designing the job roles that they need for their businesses.
The job title
The job roles themselves will have different titles that are decided by the employer. Some might sound obvious, some might sound more obscure. Try not to let this put you off, and always take a look at the role description before ruling it out.
Considering apprenticeships is not
a ‘once in a lifetime’ decision.
Employers of all sizes from every corner of the country offer apprenticeships, so there are many vacancies to look through and companies to compare. Although it might be tempting to look at the big names that feel more familiar, there are thousands of fantastic vacancies with smaller employers too.
The terms and conditions
Employers can set their own terms and conditions. They will decide what to pay (as long as it meets the minimum wage for apprentices), and they will decide on the holiday and any extras that you may be entitled to receive.
When and where they are advertised
Knowing where to look and when to apply is one of the biggest tasks you will need to consider. Apprenticeships could be advertised on the Government website ‘Find an Apprenticeship,’ through jobs sites and also on the employer’s own website.
Considering apprenticeships is not a ‘once in a lifetime’ decision. Apprenticeships can be a great choice for those leaving school or college but are also a brilliant option for later in your career as a way to increase your skills or even re-train for a new career. Apprenticeships can be started at any age, so my key piece of advice: keep your options open.