Where Do You Stand On Apprenticeships?

September 14, 2020

Let’s talk apprenticeships. Many people go through education knowing very little about apprenticeships and what they can offer. This is because the traditional route to take after school or college is to go to University, and often it seems to be the only thing a lot of schools promote to their students. In 2018, the Bakers Clause was introduced; this requires schools to deliver information on technical education and apprenticeships to pupils from year 8 to year 13. However, whilst this may seem like the problem solver, many schools just carry out the bare minimum to tick a box, as they now have to.

If this seems to resonate with you and your lack of knowledge about apprenticeships, hopefully, after reading this blog, you will feel more informed and have a better understanding of how an apprenticeship can really benefit both an apprentice and employer.

An apprenticeship is a real job with added training. Apprentices are stepping into the working world and are thus given real responsibility to work hard like any other employee.

They are inclusive; the minimum age an apprentice can be is 16, but there is no maximum. Just because you can start an apprenticeship at 16 doesn’t mean a 24-year-old wouldn’t be able to start that same apprenticeship at the same time. It’s never too late to discover a new passion and learn the trade of that passion.

A concern with going into the working world for women is often the question of equality and whether they will receive the same chances and opportunities as their male counterparts. However this can be put to ease, as in August 2020, Niamh Foley released a study which presented that from 2010 to 2016, more women were choosing apprenticeships, however in 2017-2018 it levelled out and there were almost the exact same number of male apprentices as there were female. The apprenticeship industry is one that doesn’t favour anyone, whether it be by age or gender, anyone is welcome to become an apprentice and embark into the working world.

There are apprenticeships offered in almost every sector within the working industry, whether it be agriculture or accountancy, apprenticeships cover around 1,500 jobs. By having so many options, the apprenticeship world can seem quite daunting. But if you take it in your stride, it’s easy to see the many options as an opportunity for you to find an interest in something you never even thought of! Something about apprenticeships that many find appealing is that you don’t need to know much about what you want to go into. Apprenticeships are 80% work and 20% study, meaning you’re learning on the job, and you will have the support of both your employer and training provider the entirety of the way through.  

As a training provider, EMA take pride in not just finding apprentices any job role. The team here put time and effort in to ensure that both the apprentice and employer feel comfortable and confident in the decision. We support our apprentices to the fullest and will not put an apprentice forward for a role if we don’t think it is right for them or the employer. The apprentice and employer relationship is so important, an apprentice needs to not only get on with the employer but also feel like they fit in with the culture of the company. For the employer, they need to be willing to give guidance and support but also have confidence that the apprentice will put in the hard work. The EMA team always take the extra time to get this right, we take pride ensuring it works for all parties.

If you would like any further information on apprenticeships at EMA or have any general apprenticeship questions, please visit any of our social medias, call us on 01332 371 666 or pop an email to info@ematraining.co.uk.