Cumbria has a long tradition in providing apprenticeships, it has one of the highest rates of take up in the country.
For many, apprenticeships offer a real opportunity to progress in their chosen career, giving hands on experience, a salary and the opportunity to train while you work.
Typically, an apprentice will have at least 20 per cent of their time set aside for learning normally with a college, university or other training provider, gaining official certification of their skills.
People are often surprised that there are differing levels to apprenticeships – intermediate apprenticeships (level two), advanced apprenticeships (level three), higher apprenticeships (levels four to seven) and degree apprenticeships (levels six and seven).
They are also surprised at the range of careers apprenticeships are available in.
Over the past few years, the occupational areas that apprenticeships are available in has really developed. Areas such as construction and engineering have traditionally recruited high levels of apprentices, but they are now available across a huge range of industries whether it be law, nursing, creative and digital or hospitality, and the industries continue to expand.
Employers within the career management sector are in the final stages of agreeing the career development professional standard with the Institute for Apprenticeships, which will mean as an employer Inspira will be offering opportunities for higher level apprenticeships in careers guidance.
This is just one of a number of new degree/higher apprenticeships that have recently been announced or are coming soon – social work, town planning and first officer pilots are just some of the career areas recently listed by the National Apprenticeship Service.
Such opportunities are available with firms and organisations both locally and nationally.
So, with all of this choice, anyone considering apprenticeships needs good career advice to help make sure the route is the right one.
The timing is important, for some it might be the right time at 16 for others continuing at school or college and then considering apprenticeships might to the right path.
Finding out about the opportunities available from degree apprenticeships and weighing this up against going to university might be another choice.
Of course, staying at school, college or continuing on to study at university might be the best option for many.
Inspira, whether it be through our website www.inspira.org.uk, working with the many schools and colleges in Cumbria, delivering presentations for young people on Amazing Apprenticeships www.amazingapprenticeships.com or through the National Careers Service, can help provide advice and guidance. Certainly, the choice and opportunity available makes apprenticeships a worthy consideration for all.
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