Don’t be fooled by TV shows like The Apprentice, apprenticeships aren’t about getting pointed at by a cockney geezer in a business suit (sorry, Sir Alan!) and being told “you’re fired!” And another thing - apprenticeships aren't just restricted to working in construction or hairdressing.
There are many different types of apprenticeships available across a whole range of industry sectors. It’s really about picking the industry that interests you the most and suits your skills.
First, sit down and have a think about what you’re good at (no negativity please, everyone is good at something) and what interests you. There are apprenticeships to suit everyone; whether you’re a people person or pretty good with your hands.
It’s up to you to find out all about them, and to help you out we’ve written this short article to tell you all about the different types of apprenticeships. Who knows? Pretty soon, you might have a cockney geezer in a business suit pointing at you and saying: “You’re hired!”
BUSINESS, ADMINISTRATIVE & ACCOUNTING APPRENTICESHIPS…
If you're inspired by TV programmes such as "Dragons' Den", then working in business and administration could be your thing. It offers you the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills as well as work your way up, just like Theo Paphitis who started working at Watches of Switzerland and discovered his passion for retail.
OK you may not be ready for the dragons just yet but you can work your way up to a managerial position. Also, if you have a head for numbers you don't have to go to university to work in accounting.
Businesses need people with strong communication and people skills. Managers organise people, supervisors deal with people's complaints and retail operatives deal with customers. If you love to sort people's problems out then you might want to think about an apprenticeship in customer services or team leading. If you are the one always planning nights out or group holidays, then an apprenticeship in administration or management might be for you.
You’ll be the one making sure the day-to-day tasks of a business are running smoothly. You’ll need an eye for detail, be organised and efficient. The best thing about working in business is you can work for a range of organisations and industries, from retail to charity and even a college.
HEALTHCARE, SOCIAL CARE, & CHILDCARE…
If you're a people person with an empathetic side there are a range of apprenticeships offered by not only the NHS but local authorities and private organisations in the care sector. An apprenticeship in Health and Social Care means you will be looking after vulnerable people, from the elderly to the disabled. This will give you a chance to really utlise your people skills.
Childcare is always in demand in London and if working with children appeals to you but you're not sure about working in schools, an apprenticeship in Early Years Education will give you the experience and understanding you need to set up your own childcare business.
For those who are interested in science, the care sector offers apprenticeship in technical subjects such as studying to be a dental technician. Also if you’ve secretly harboured fantasies of becoming a nurse (everyone loves a bit of Holby City) but don't fancy working in a hospital, then there are other options, such as an apprenticeship in dental nursing.
Many apprenticeships will require some technical and scientific knowledge, but not all of them. For example, there are apprenticeship opportunities in leadership and management or even dentistry management.
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION…
When you think "engineering", does your mind go straight to electrical and science based subjects? If you've been watching "Top Gear" since childhood you'll understand that engineering is a subject that covers many aspects of the car industry too. Apprenticeships in engineering are great for people who love tinkering around with machines, If you're interested in classic cars you should consider an apprenticeship in vehicle restoration. While those of you who have a creative side can indulge this while working with an apprenticeship in vehicle bodywork.
Another side of "engineering" is construction and its associated trades. If you're practical and enjoy a touch of DIY then you might want to consider an apprenticeship in construction. Apprenticeships in carpentry, plumbing, brickwork and specialist building repairs such as trowel occupations allow you to focus on the trades that interest you.
What we’ve been trying to say is that there’s loads of apprenticeship opportunities out there. Visit all about careers to find the industry that will best complement your skills. You should probably have a look at the apprenticeship opportunities on our vacancies section too. Most importantly try to keep an open mind!