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Choosing an Apprenticeship

Kicking off your career with an apprenticeship is a great way to get a head start in the field you want to work in.

You'll get first-hand knowledge of how the industry works, plus be able to see whether or not it's really what you want to pursue as a career. There are plenty of other reasons why you should apply for one when you leave school or college, and it's always a good idea to talk to a teacher or careers advisor about the best route into your dream job, but here are some points to persuade you into checking out the opportunities available where you live:

Learn while you earn
Apprenticeships enable you to start working and earn a decent wage while you learn key skills and gain the qualifications that future employers want. You'll probably start out on the National Minimum Wage or another standard rate of pay for apprenticeships in your industry. But, as your skills progress, your employer may up your pay cheque as well. This not only helps out your bank account, but gives you an extra incentive to do well in your apprenticeship.

Good career prospects
Your apprenticeship will be very rewarding, even if at times it may seem demanding. Once you have finished your apprenticeship, you'll have a world of options open to you. You may be able to carry on working in the same place, or look for a similar job in a different company. Having industry experience is very important when getting your first job, so being able to show that you've got that plus qualifications will give you a huge advantage over other applicants.

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