As a parent, you want to provide the best opportunities for your children.
You want them to have a bright future and reach their full potential.
And, in today’s job market, that often means a university or degree.
But what if I told you there’s another option worth considering? One that offers hands-on experience, on-the-job training, and a direct path to a fulfilling career? That option is an apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is a form of higher education where a student learns a trade or profession by working under the guidance of an experienced practitioner as well as, often, a coach (that’s me). It’s a combination of hands-on learning and classroom or online education that provides a unique opportunity for students to learn while they earn. And, with the cost of university continuing to rise, apprenticeships offer a cost-effective alternative that can lead to a stable and well-paying career.
The choice of apprenticeships also goes far beyond construction and engineering, which is what they’ve historically been known for. For example, I coach a Digital Business Accelerator apprenticeship for Multiverse, where we also cover software engineering, data literacy and more. The NHS even now offer Medical Doctor Degree Apprenticeships. So you see, the choice is far more varied than you might think.
One of the biggest benefits of an apprenticeship is that students receive real-world experience in their chosen field. They’re not just learning from books and lectures, they’re actually doing the work. This hands-on approach to learning gives students a practical understanding of their chosen trade and helps them to develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in their careers. That work experience is more valuable than a degree to employers too.
Another advantage of apprenticeships is that they provide a direct path to a job. Upon completion of an apprenticeship program, students are often offered a job with their sponsoring company. And, with the skills and experience they’ve gained, they’re well-prepared to succeed in that role. This provides a level of security and stability that many graduates can only dream of.
The final benefit is that Apprenticeships also offer a cost-effective alternative to university. While the cost of the university continues to rise, apprenticeships are free to the apprentice and low cost to the employer, thanks to the government’s apprenticeship levy. And, because students are earning a wage while they learn, they’re not burdened with student loan debt upon completion of the program.
Of course, as a parent, it’s important to consider all of your options when it comes to your child’s education and future career.
Apprenticeships offer a unique combination of hands-on learning, real-world experience, and a direct path to a job. And, with the cost of college continuing to rise, they offer a cost-effective alternative that can lead to a stable and well-paying career.
So, if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional universirt, an apprenticeship is definitely worth considering for your child.