What’s in it for me?
You mean, aside from the free training, the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge to improve your working life, and the official recognition of your efforts and possibility to continue into university, if that’s where your career takes you?
We’re glad you asked.
First off, and it’s a big one, you don’t have to pay for your course. The bill is shared between your employer and the government. In fact, you earn while you are training and you have paid holidays. The learning is basically part of the job you’ve been hired for.
If you’re under 19, you are guaranteed the national minimum wage for apprentices, but many companies pay their apprentices a lot more.
More importantly, securing an apprenticeship can boost your earning potential. According to the Apprentice Learner Survey in 2017, one in three apprentices earned a promotion with their employer and three-quarters of respondents were given more responsibility in their roles.
Job satisfaction also feels the benefit with almost two-thirds agreeing the course had improved their quality of life. Eight out of ten felt their apprenticeship improved their ability to do their job, and 92 percent of those that completed their courses reported they were satisfied.
If you have some serious reserves of ambition, then this statistic might tickle your career buds: according to a report by City & Guilds, almost 20 per cent of employers have former apprentices in board-level positions.
In the meantime, before your executive salaries come rolling in, you can get hold of an NUS Apprentice Extra card that entitles you to discounts at the Co-op, Amazon Prime, Domino’s, BSM and hundreds more. For London-based apprentices, there is an Apprentice Oyster Card to help deal with the costs of travelling, and for people leaving care there is a £1000 bursary as a starter.
So, that’s what’s in it for you.