When deciding if an apprenticeship is right for you, it can be difficult to find all the resources you need to make the right decision. TechTalent Academy are here to provide you with all the information you need in one place. From how to know if an apprenticeship is right for you, to busting apprenticeships myths with Baltic Apprenticeships 

What is an apprenticeship? 

Before you start thinking about if an apprenticeship is right for you, we first need to understand what an apprenticeship is. 

An apprenticeship is a paid role where the apprentice will learn and gain valuable information from working within a company as well as taking classes to improve their knowledge. As an apprentice, you’ll work full time while spending at least 20% of your working hours completing your qualification. 

Apprenticeships are available at different levels, depending on your experience and previous knowledge. 

  Level  Equivalent education level 
Intermediate  2  GCSE 
Advanced  3  A level 
Higher  4,5,6 and 7  Foundation degree and above 
Degree  6 and 7  Bachelor’s or master’s degree 

 

An apprenticeship includes:  

  • paid employment with holiday leave  
  • at least 20% off-the-job training  
  • formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification 
  • hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest 

Gain experience and knowledge 

While undertaking an apprenticeship you’re given a fantastic opportunity to learn while on the job. When going into a job role, although you’ll be given training, you’re expected to go into it with a level of understanding, experience and qualifications at the ready. However, getting the experience and knowledge you need can be extremely difficult. This is where being an apprentice helps you in all these areas. As an apprentice, you’ll be able to not only work and gain hands-on industry experience, but you’ll also be taking classes alongside work. Meaning you’ll be working towards a recognised qualification to show employers you’re qualified for future job roles. 

Be paid while studying  

The catch 22 with most opportunities is, you can work for money but not get any qualifications. Or, you can gain qualifications but work a lot less and have less money. However, apprenticeships recognise this issue and have made it so you can study, work and get paid all at the same time. While being an apprentice, you’ll earn a yearly salary while working and studying, meaning you’ll be able to get the best of both worlds. 

No student debt  

When considering other studying routes, a major consideration is the student debt that comes along with it. However, with an apprenticeship your employer pays for your education (usually funded in part by the government) AND you get paid a salary, meaning you’ll be able to get all the knowledge and qualifications you need without the debt to follow. 

Secure employment 

The employment journey can be extremely difficult, but what if we told you an apprenticeship can make it easier? Most of the time, the company you undertake your apprenticeship with, will keep you on upon completion. However, if this isn’t the case, apprenticeship providers will help you get into a full-time role within the sector you’ve qualified from. Along with this, the qualifications and experience you gain from the apprenticeships are invaluable and extremely transferrable, making permanent employment a lot easier. 

If you’re looking to upskill in the tech industry, Techtalent academy offer fully funded tech courses for you to choose from. In addition to this, TTA and Baltic Apprenticeships have partnered up to offer our gradates apprenticeships upon completion.