6th February 2023
By Lindsey Meadows.
As Head of Apprenticeships, I’m here to bust some of the myths surrounding apprenticeships and highlight the many benefits they offer.
Myth #1: Apprenticeships are just for people who aren’t academically inclined
This is far from the truth. Apprenticeships are a great option for anyone who wants to start or further their career, regardless of their academic background. They offer a unique combination of on-the-job training and academic learning that allows individuals to develop both their practical and theoretical skills. Whether you’re looking to start a new career or improve your current one, apprenticeships provide valuable hands-on experience and industry-recognised qualifications.
Myth #2: Apprenticeships are only available in manual trades
Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to construction, engineering, hospitality, IT, finance, hairdressing, and barbering. With the increasing demand for skilled workers in many industries, apprenticeships are becoming more and more diverse, allowing individuals to pursue their passion and interests in a variety of fields.
Myth #3: Apprenticeships are only for young people
While apprenticeships are often associated with young people just starting their careers, they are not limited to a specific age group. Individuals of any age can benefit from an apprenticeship, whether they are looking to change careers, upskill, or retrain in a new field. Apprenticeships are designed to be flexible and cater to the needs of different learners, and many employers are open to taking on mature apprentices who bring a wealth of experience to the workplace.
Myth #4: Apprenticeships don’t lead to good career prospects
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Apprenticeships provide a solid foundation for a successful career and are highly valued by employers. Not only do apprentices gain valuable hands-on experience, but they also develop a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers. Many of our apprentices go on to secure permanent positions within the companies they trained with.
Myth #5: Apprenticeships don’t pay
One of the biggest benefits of an apprenticeship is that you get paid while you learn. Apprentices earn a wage while gaining valuable on-the-job experience. This means you can start building your career and earning a living, all while gaining the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.
In conclusion, apprenticeships offer a wealth of opportunities for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to develop their skills, gain valuable experience, and launch successful careers. I encourage anyone considering an apprenticeship to explore their options and take advantage of this valuable opportunity. To find out more, visit: www.liv-coll.ac.uk/apprenticeships