5 myths about apprenticeships

Are you unsure of whether to do an apprenticeship or go to university? Are these five myths surrounding apprenticeships putting you off? Check out the common misconceptions below.

Are apprenticeships just for people who don’t get the grades to go to university?

Apprenticeships are simply an alternative route to employment. Those choosing apprenticeships are often ambitious and keen to get a head start on the career ladder. A lot of apprenticeships have their own UCAS point entry requirements, asking for higher grades than many universities.

Will apprentices be at a disadvantage without a degree?

Many schemes offer foundation degrees and degrees as part of the programme, so young people can get the same qualification as their university peers. The difference is, they will have also gained the soft skills and practical experience that employers look for in candidates, so may be more likely to land a job at the end of it, or be offered a full-time role within their company.

Aren’t apprenticeships just for blue collar jobs like construction?

Although traditionally this may have been the case, apprenticeships are now offered in over 250 professions including law, social media, journalism and accountancy.

Do graduates have better career prospects?

Apprentices are likely to be kept on at their company after completing their training. Graduates often struggle to find a job relevant to their degree due to massive competition and might have to find part-time work. Apprentices could well be in a position of management by the time their peers finish university.

Do graduates earn more than former apprentices?

Apprentices earn money from day one, albeit on a reduced wage, but one that increases over the course of the apprenticeship. Graduates usually start on a higher wage but have thousands of pounds of debt to pay off. Last year, a report by AAT found that people with Higher Apprenticeships can achieve an extra £150,000 in their lifetime compared to a graduate.