Over the years there have been lots of misconceptions about Apprenticeships. Although some of these have been debunked through recent campaigns run by colleges, schools and the Government, there are still some common apprenticeship myths still out there!

Below we’ve listed the most common misconceptions and the truth behind them:

1. Apprenticeships are for those who don’t do well at school 

This just isn’t true; Apprenticeships are simply an alternative route into skilled employment, and one which some sectors prefer young people to do. They are a great way to earn while you learn, gain vital work experience and set yourself on a fast-track to a successful career.

2. An Apprenticeship is not a ‘proper’ job   

Another misconception is that an Apprenticeship is not a ‘proper’ job. Some believe that you aren’t always viewed the same as a full-time member of staff and have to perform the mundane tasks as an Apprentice.

In actual fact, Apprentices are treated just like any other full-time employee with tasks, projects, and responsibilities.

Apprentices undertake tasks that directly link to the business, as the goal is to get Apprentices ready to work full-time and independently. In some roles, Apprentices will be very hands-on and may have to interact with customers or clients on a daily basis. The main difference between an Apprentice and member of staff is that the Apprentice will also be studying while they work.

3. Apprentices will never earn very much  

Apprentices must receive at least the national minimum Apprentice wage (currently £3.90 per hour for 16-17 year olds and £6.15 for those aged 18-20 years old), though many employers choose to pay more. Apprentices aged over 25 and not in the first 12 months of their Apprenticeship are entitled to the national minimum wage, which is currently £8.21.

In the long-term, Apprenticeships boost earnings by between 11 and 16% for individuals completing an Advanced Apprenticeship; while those completing a higher (degree level) Apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

4. You can only do an Apprenticeship in a trade  

Apprenticeships are available in most industries now, these include: Business and Professional, Catering and Hospitality, Sports and Leisure, Engineering, Construction and Building Services, Creative Arts and Media, Retail, Sales and Customer Services and more!

So if you’re thinking about entering a career within one of these sectors, an Apprenticeship could be a direct route into achieving your dream job.

5. Employers don’t keep Apprentices on after they’ve completed their Apprenticeship  

This isn’t correct at all. If Apprentices demonstrate that they are the right person for the job and do really well, then most employers will invest in continuous training and development to keep Apprentices within the company. They may even help to progress them even further!

Still have a question about Apprenticeships? Have a misconception you’d like debunked? Contact our Apprenticeship Team today on 01282 440 319 or email apprenticeships@nelson.ac.uk to find out more.