Solvo Vir Discusses Apprenticeships vs University
With over 40% of university students unable to hold down a steady career more than six months after graduating, is it high time that apprenticeships were more recognised for the long-term benefits they provide? In this blog, Solvo Vir discusses how university is no longer the only respectable option for young people, and the beauty of being able to earn while you learn.
Busting apprenticeship myths
Here at Solvo Vir, we want to make it known that apprenticeships are not just limited to the construction sector, as it is commonly assumed they are. Apprenticeships can allow you to train across hundreds of job roles in numerous sectors – which means you could pursue a career you feel passionate about, with the advantage of on-site training.
It is also a common misconception that taking onboard an apprenticeship rather than a degree will not look as impressive to an employer. However, this is also no longer the case, with over 2,600 employers involved in editing and improving apprenticeships standards, in an attempt to make them more mainstream and accepted. Employers know what they are looking for after all, so it makes sense for new standards to come through them.
Earning while you learn
These days, university is becoming more and more expensive, with the average student graduating with £44k of debt under their belts. With this in mind, many young people are being swayed further towards a safety net of education combined with transferable skills and a guaranteed income.
With that in mind, while doing an apprenticeship, you won’t just gain knowledge and genuine workplace experience – you’ll also earn a salary. Apprentices could potentially end up earning 270% more than the average university student, and what’s not to love about that?
Room for progression
Rather than waiting for over six months to be employed, why not dive into an apprenticeship that offers a 90% chance of work or further training once the initial training is over? As this option is usually far more vocational than a degree, employers are more likely to have faith in your capability to fulfill your potential role, as you will have received genuine work experience.
Finally, 36% of higher apprentices reported receiving a promotion after undertaking their training. This highlights that whatever stage of life you are at – newly graduated, fresh out of college or employed for a while, there will be an apprenticeship to support you on achieving your goals.
Even if you’re already in employment, there is an opportunity to upskill. Solvo Vir offers on-site training for current employees. With 98% of apprentices going on to achieve further qualifications or senior levels of employment, the room for progression is vast.
For more information on our apprenticeship schemes or to book a consultation, whichever level you would be beginning at, please give us a call on 0330 0539140 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.