Woohoo – it’s National Apprenticeship week from March 5- 9!  What does this mean? Well if you’re thinking of being an apprentice, there’s loads of top content and events available right now, to show you exactly how to learn whilst you earn. If you want to see how to launch your career at a leading digital company like O2, they’re (luckily) running an apprentice insight morning at their plush offices just outside of London very soon. You’ll get to hear from ex-apprentices who have risen through the ranks and learn how to make your application stand out, in case you want to apply for a spot yourself…

And if you’re still totally not sure about what an apprenticeship entails, we’ve busted a few myths below to help alleviate the confusion.

Happy National Apprenticeships week!

MYTH 1: “APPRENTICESHIPS DON’T LEAD ANYWHERE”

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Whoever said apprenticeships don’t lead anywhere was chatting a load of old…(well you get the picture).

Apprenticeships create clear, structured routes into many industries and there’s no limit to what you can achieve once you’ve completed one! You’ll have the contacts, education and experience, so no doubt you can rise through the rankings just as quickly as you would if you’d taken another route. Business, tech, music and media companies, are all looking for apprentices, right now…

MYTH 2: “APPRENTICESHIPS ARE ONLY OR PEOPLE WHO FAILED  A-LEVELS”

Nuh-uh. This is one of the biggest misconceptions about apprenticeships and it can be a tad damaging. Anyone can do an apprenticeship! From GCSE to degree-level ones, there are many different routes you can take – all you need to qualify is five GCSEs.

Did you know employers are actually looking for enthusiastic, high achievers looking to kick-start their career? That’s a pretty good reason to make an apprenticeship your Plan A.

MYTH 3: “I WON’T BE EARNING AS MUCH AS GRADUATES”

Whoever told you this? First things first, you won’t have any university debt, so that’s an extra £27,000 in your pocket.

Plus, you could earn up to £250 a week while training, gaining on the job skills and experience – all debt free! SCORE.

MYTH 4: “IN ORDER TO HAVE A GOOD CAREER I HAVE TO GO TO UNI”

Absolutely not! Apprenticeships can take you all the way to the top, opening up a lot of doors for you. All the qualifications you’ll work towards are well recognised by employers and you’ll even have the opportunity to choose the new QA Apprenticeships degree track.

So yes, there are other ways to get a degree, the only difference is that, this way, you’ll also get real work experience so you’ll be one step ahead of all those graduates!

MYTH 5: “APPRENTICESHIPS ARE JUST FOR HANDS-ON JOBS”

Nope! You won’t necessarily be working in construction of plumbing (unless you want to, of course). Did you know ompanies like Microsoft, Cisco, British Airways, Sky and O2 all offer apprenticeships in various areas of their business?

These companies see a real value in training and growing apprentices from day one, but it doesn’t stop there, 92% of QA Apprenticeships apprentice graduates go on to full time jobs.

MYTH 6: “YOU’LL JUST BE MAKING TEA AND COFFEE”

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to learn and earn at the same time, meaning you get real experience alongside industry professionals, where your opinions and contributions are valued just as they would be with other members of staff.

So yes, you might be younger than some of your other colleagues, but that does not mean you’ll be running around in the kitchen; you’ll be treated as a proper colleague!

SO HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL ACTUALLY GET…

  • A real job and wages from day one
  • Industry recognised qualifications
  • Ofsted assessed ‘world class’ training
  • Professional experience
  • A network to other tech-savvy apprentices, just like you!

…WINNING!

How do I find out more?

If you’re looking for an apprenticeship, you’ve come to the right place. Keep your eyes peeled, as Go Think Big and O2 have loads of content and opportunities around apprenticeships, with the O2 insight day kicking things off for National Apprenticeship week.


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