In today’s world, it can be difficult to know what the best option is when seeking a rewarding career. While not everyone is agreed on the solution, there are some facts we all agree on:
- Current youth employment is at a record high
– There are many jobless graduates living in debt
– As few as 1 in 4 of companies recruits employees directly from education
Young people seeking work in the UK need relevant, useful information about their situation. Though the job market needs to get far better before employment levels can rise, a well-informed jobseeker is one who puts himself in a better position to succeed.
Committing yourself to an apprenticeship, whether you’re a recent school leaver or a longer term jobseeker, is a huge boon to your employability. It’s true enough that certain career disciplines have implications of valuing an undergraduate degree more than an apprenticeship but the number of unemployed graduates in the UK is massive.
We’re a very formally educated country but unfortunately the jobs aren’t there. In fact, every job is a contest between roughly 30-40 graduates.
Why choose an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship puts you in the driving seat for your employment endeavours. Making connections in your chosen industry is vital to success and an apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to do just that. Where applying for a job after completion, the employer you were apprenticed to is more likely to look favourably on you as you’re a familiar face with relevant experience in their industry and workplace.
Even if a competitor has a wealth of experience in a similar background, on-the-job experience with a company is worth so much more. If you’ve already worked for them and performed admirably then they already know they want to employ you.
It’s an unspoken belief in unemployed youths that nearly all the jobs are looking for someone with experience, and in that way, no new people are being added to the industry. This has the unfortunate effect of leading to a general cynicism, and lack of motivation to continue your job search. Embarking on apprenticeship will not only develop your portfolio of skills and experience, thus directly making you more employable, it will see you earning money whilst you learn.
If it sounds like a good fit for you, take control of your job search and apply for an apprenticeship today.
Sounds good, how can I apply?
If you are still in school or college, meet with a career advisor as soon as possible to discuss how you can apply for any apprenticeship schemes your school is involved in. Many schools take part in programmes run by local colleges but if you have a more rounded idea of where you’d like to apprentice in then you can apply directly.
Visit the City & Guilds website here for more information.