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- People with good grades don’t sign up for an apprenticeship – If you’re ambitious and keen to gain experience in a paid position, an apprenticeship is a good way to develop your career.
- I won’t get a good qualification with an apprenticeship – Many employers look for specific trade-related qualifications. For example, accountancy firms need employers to be AAT/ACCA accredited. An apprenticeship is a good way to gain the qualifications you need.
- If you do an apprenticeship you have to continue working in the same industry – With many apprenticeships, the skills you gain will help you work across a range of industries. After completing your apprenticeship you’re free to move onto a different job.
- Only young people can do an apprenticeship – If you’re over the age of 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship, if you’re older than 16 there’s no age limit.
- You can’t get an apprenticeship without some work experience – Employers know that applicants may not have work experience and recognise that an apprenticeship is a chance for people to gain employability skills.
- Apprenticeships won’t help me if I want to go to university – Apprenticeship qualifications attract UCAS points just like GCSEs and A-levels. The benefit of an apprenticeship is that you can progress onto higher apprenticeships, which include foundation degrees or even higher, all while earning a wage.