Apprenticeships have always been to help young people start their careers. While it started off as just being for manual trades, they’ve now expanded to a whole range of industries like digital marketing, graphic design and fashion. School leavers have many options post 16/18 education, so making the right one is more important ever.
Apprenticeships are a fantastic option if you’re not interested in continuing with college or university and want to get stuck in straight away. Here are our top four reasons why many school leavers decide to go down the apprenticeship route:
There are probably a hundred other reasons why a school leaver would choose an apprenticeship, but we’ve found these are the most common.
There are currently 61 business, administration, law and financial apprenticeships available right now. The most popular ones are for school leavers are:
There are currently 53 construction and engineering apprenticeships available right now. The most popular one:
There is currently 11 arts and media apprenticeships available right now. These are these the most popular:
There is currently 1 education and training apprenticeship available right now. These are these the most popular:
There are currently 13 healthcare and public services apprenticeships available right now. These are these the most popular:
There are currently 3 technology apprenticeship programmes available right now. These are these the most popular:
There are currently 8 leisure, travel and tourism apprenticeship programmes available right now. These are these the most popular:
There are currently 7 retail apprenticeship programmes available right now. These are these the most popular:
It doesn’t cost school leavers anything to start an apprenticeship. In April 2017, a tax was brought in by the Government that meant very large employers have to pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account, with it only allowed to be spent on apprenticeship training. Smaller companies don’t have to pay the tax have 90% of any apprenticeship training covered by the Government.
Your company pay your salary. Travel costs are also covered by your company so it’s up to their discretion if they want to cover them.
The minimum apprentice wage is £3.70 an hour, which is £7,215 per annum. However we only work with employer that provide an annual salary of at the very least £8,000, but usually around the £12,000 – £15,000 mark.
After you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, in most cases your employer will want to keep you on. If so, you’ll be offered a full-time position (and so a promotion) which will lead to a salary increase.
At Arch we offer a variety of level 3 apprenticeships that are ideal for school leavers with limited work experience. Each week new jobs are added to our jobs board, so make sure to keep checking back.
The Government’s Find an Apprenticeship portal is the place for you to find every apprenticeship opportunity available now, and is very easy to use.