Apprenticeship Myths – Debunked!

There’s loads to an Apprenticeship, loads. Loads that people don’t know, loads that people thought that simply just aren’t true. We want to make sure you’re pretty clear what you’ll be getting yourself into, so here we go…

Are apprenticeships just for people who don’t get the grades to go to university?


Not even close to being true. An Apprenticeship is simply a different way of learning. A different route into employment often for those who want to get a head start in the jobs market. Learning on the job, whilst getting paid!

Apprenticeships start at a lower level than a degree, but you can still do degree level Apprenticeships as you progress. So yeah, just a different way of learning. Same outcomes.

Will apprentices be at a disadvantage without a degree?


Why would they be? Loads of Apprenticeships offer foundation degrees and degrees as part of the programme, so you can get the same qualification as uni students. But if not, as we said above, there is always the option to go on and do a degree level Apprenticeship. The main bonus is that you’ll be more work ready as you’ve gained the experience in the workplace that employers crave.

Aren’t apprenticeships just for practical jobs like construction?


Not for ages! Where have you been?! Apprenticeships are now offered in over 250 professions including law, social media, journalism and accountancy. Everyone’s getting involved – Did you know these were Apprenticeships?

Do graduates have better career prospects?


Most employers keep their Apprentices on when they complete their training. Why? Because they know you, they think they’re doing a really good job already, so why would they get rid? Uni students often struggle to find a job relevant to their degree straight away ‘cos everyone finishes at the same time. Apprentices could well be in a position of management by the time their mates finish at university.

Do graduates earn more than former apprentices?

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Whilst Uni students are paying their tuition fees and spending their maintenance loans on beer, Apprentices earn money from day one – and the Government keeps increasing the minimum wage too (below)!

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2015 (current rate) £6.70 £5.30 £3.87 £3.30

Key word there though – minimum. Employers often chose to pay you more though, which is great! Graduates usually start on a higher wage but have more debt to pay off. The other year, a report by AAT found that people with Higher Apprenticeships can achieve an extra £150,000 in their lifetime compared to a graduate.

Apprenticeships are only for school leavers

No they’re not. That’s simply just wrong. Apprenticeships can be done by anyone, any age. The confusion basically is because fees get covered for those aged 16-24, but changes for those 24+. It doesn’t stop you doing one though.

So now you’re a bit clearer on what an Apprenticeship is and we’ve straightened out some of those concerns for you, take a look at our current vacancies and the Apprenticeships we have on offer here at The Sheffield College.



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