Are you based in the West Midlands and looking for how to kickstart your career? An apprenticeship could be a great opportunity for you. Unlike many traditional training and education routes, apprenticeships provide a unique opportunity to earn a wage while you learn and gain hands-on experience for your career ahead.
By taking on an apprenticeship you will get to experience a mix of in-depth training and tutor-led learning completely relevant to your role. The great advantage of this is that by the end of your apprenticeship you’ll have the skills and knowledge necessary to continue and progress on your own and ultimately advance your career in that area.
Here are some of the top reasons people choose to do an apprenticeship
1. Stand out to employers and improve overall employability – One of the main reasons candidates choose to take an apprenticeship is the security of knowing they are being trained for a specific job or career rather than studying a broad subject with no specific career route. This practical work experience and industry-specific training will mean you already have a great knowledge base to bring to the table when meeting employers for potential new roles.
2. Earn a wage while you learn a trade- It’s well known that going to university can cost a lot of money with no guarantee of employment afterwards. If you already have an idea of what you want to do, an apprenticeship will effectively fund itself while you earn a wage rather than owing back fees or loans at the end of your course. Many apprenticeships continue into full-time employment with the provider as employers are benefiting from the time and training they have put into their apprentices. This can mean there’s far less chance of a waiting period between finding your next role and income security from the very beginning.
3. Gain valid, hands-on work experience – Experience outside of the classroom will give you the edge against other candidates when looking for future roles.
As an apprentice, you will experience a real working environment through leasing with customers, team building with new colleagues and solving problems in a real-world environment that you simply can’t learn within the classroom.
4. Build professional relationships and network with others in your field- Beginning to start work can feel a little daunting when you don’t know anyone who does the same kind of thing. But becoming an apprentice in your chosen area means you will be given the experience of building professional relationships with those in the same field. Networking within your field is a great way to find out more about further opportunities and decide how you want to progress with your career.
So what kind of Apprenticeships are there for candidates in the West Midlands and where do you start?
You’ll be pleased to know that there are so many routes you can go down and many different areas looking to take on apprentices. Everything from Business and IT to health, construction, transport, hospitality and even the creative sectors- all looking to train bright and enthusiastic candidates looking for their ideal apprenticeship.
The government has a list of training providers who provide approved apprenticeship training which can be found using the apprenticeship training providers website, from there you can find all the details for approved apprenticeship providers in the West Midlands at present.
Or contact one of our friendly recruiters who may be able to find companies ready to provide you with the training you need to get started.