Apprenticeships are a great way to gain work experience whilst developing valuable skills and knowledge. However, there are a number of myths that can put people off, so we've explained why these myths are exactly that.
1. "APPRENTICESHIPS ARE FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T GET GOOD EXAM RESULTS"
Apprenticeship opportunities can be very competitive so employers will be looking to employ the best candidates. In addition, individuals choosing to study an apprenticeship are expected to manage both working and studying a qualification so need to be ambitious and have the desire to develop the skills to succeed.
2. "YOU CAN’T GO TO UNIVERSITY IF YOU STUDY AN APPRENTICESHIP"
Similarly to GCSEs and A-Levels, apprenticeship qualifications attract UCAS points that can be used to access various university level programmes. You can also progress through the apprenticeship route with higher and degree level apprenticeships available.
3. "APPRENTICES HAVE FEW CAREER PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES"
The majority of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had had a positive impact on their career and 36% of higher apprentices report getting a promotion after completing their apprenticeship.
4. "APPRENTICESHIPS ARE ONLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE"
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. There is no upper age limit. Check out our Adult Apprenticeships page for more information.
5. "AN APPRENTICESHIP WON'T PAY ME ENOUGH"
There is a minimum apprenticeship wage that all employers must pay apprentices. However, most apprentices at Milton Keynes College are paid more than this!