This feature was written by guest blogger Amrit Mann from QA Apprenticeships.

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Great news! Go Think Big has teamed up with the Tech Partnership, a network of employers who are working to create skills for the UK’s digital economy. Their ambition is to create enough skills for a million people to have tech jobs by 2025. Now, we’re working together to get you guys clued up on the benefits of digital apprenticeships and the huge range of digital careers you could have if you chose to do an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships: everyone and their Aunty is going on about how amazing they are. The question is, do you really know what an apprenticeship is and the benefits of doing one?

If you’re answer is “umm I’m not too sure”, don’t panic. Now is your chance to get clued up on the real facts! We’re busting the top five myths and misconceptions around what an apprenticeship really is…

Myth 1: “Apprenticeships are for people who failed their A-Levels”

Wrong! This is one of the biggest mix-ups about apprenticeships. They’re open to everyone. From GCSE to degree-level, there are many different routes you can take with an apprenticeship, 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 2: “You’ll just be making tea and coffee”

You couldn’t be more wrong! From day one of an apprenticeship you are given real work experience alongside industry professionals, where your opinions and contributions are valued.

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!

Myth 3: “I won’t be earning as much as graduates”

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 jobs in construction”

Nope! Did you know that you could be working in some of the biggest industries such as tech, media, journalism and business, with companies like Microsoft, Cisco, British Airways and O2.

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.

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 the Tech Partnership will be bringing you loads of opportunities and events over the next few months. Meanwhile, to find out more about tech apprenticeships right now, click here.

Get involved online using #GTBxTech and speak to us @GoThinkBig and @TechPartnership to let us know what you think!

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