Why Apprenticeships - reasons why you should become an apprentice!

7 Reasons to become an apprentice and start to enjoy the benefits of apprenticeships!

You have decided you don't want to go to university and want to enter the world of full-time employment through the apprenticeship route and train towards a nationally recognised qualification as an apprentice?

Become an apprentice

Starting an apprenticeship job is now the most recognised route into employment for 16-24 year olds who want to take up further education and earn while they learn.

Find Apprenticeships is the UK's leading website for apprentices to find their ideal apprenticeship job to become an apprentice.

There are many more reasons why you should become an apprentice, we have highlighted the top 7 reasons below as to why we feel you should become an apprentice and enjoy all the benefits of apprenticeship jobs.

On The Job Training:

Learn from those who know best. During your apprenticeship you will be working side-by-side with existing employees of your respective employer. You will be expected as an apprentice to work along side full-time employees learning the skills you require to be able to perform the job duties once qualified. These employees are aware you are an apprentice and will provide the necessary time and advice required for your to learn.

You will also be expected to take time out of working to attend other an educational establishment or training provider for the academic part of your training.

Earn While You Learn:

When you become an apprentice you will be paid a wage just like a permanent employee. The starting wage for an apprentice in their first year and under the age of 19 is £4.15 and will increase accordingly with the minimum wage requirement for apprentices. We have more information on apprentices wages.


As an apprentice you will be working towards a recognised qualification, any from an NVQ all the way up to a degree apprenticeships such as either a Bachelors or Masters Degree. The average time to complete each level of your apprenticeship can vary between twelve months and five years.

You can find out more information about the different types of apprenticeship levels on offer.

Debt Free:

Unlike university there is no associated costs for your study during your apprenticeship as this is paid for by the employer. The average debt for university students is approximately £30,000. As previously stated you will also get paid to study during your apprenticeship and have a higher likelihood of securing permanent employment once qualified.

Kick Start Your Career:

As an apprentice you are already one step ahead as an apprenticeship gives you a head start amongst the competition with on the job training and practical experience as you will be learning valuable skills from existing employees to gain the relevant qualifications you need to be successful in a career after your apprenticeship.

Secure Your Future:

On average 80% of apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training are offered a full-time position with their perspective employer. Having said that once you have qualified through the apprenticeship route in your chosen field the opportunities for you to advance to a new employer are far greater as you have the necessary skills and experience to be able to successfully secure a new job.

Legal Protection:

Peace of mind can now be assured, the government has announced plans to give apprenticeships legal protection by preventing employers from abusing the term. Meaning if an employer is to recruit an apprentice they will have to adhere to the legal requirements of recruiting you as an apprentice. You will also receive an employment contract, albeit slightly different to a permanent employee as your employment will have a term on it, which will protect you as an employee during the tenure of your apprenticeship and highlight the benefits you will receive such as holiday and pension.

Frequently asked Questions

  • Is there an age restriction on becoming an apprentice?
    There is no upper age limited on becoming an apprentice, however you must be over the age of 16 years old. Companies looking to hire an apprentice may put a minimum age restriction in place due to driving conditions for instance. You may want to consider adult apprenticeships and the funding possibilities if you are older then 16 -24yrs.

  • Do I get paid a salary during my apprenticeship?
    Yes you do. The minimum wage an apprentice is paid is £4.15, however this is only if you are under the age of 18yrs or either in your first year of your apprenticeship. Most employers pay higher than this to attract candidates. You can find out more about "How much can you earn as an apprentice" dedicated page

  • How long will it take for me to complete my apprenticeship?
    The minimum term for an apprenticeship is 12 months starting at the Intermediate level apprenticeship and can take up to 5 years if you decide to study for a degree apprenticeship.

  • Do I have to commit to working for my employer after my apprenticeship?
    Once your apprentice training has completed you can, if you decide to, apply for jobs else where with no financial penalty.

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