Mythbusting Apprenticeships

Many people think apprenticeships are for the low skilled, those who didn't do well at school or college or are just low paid employment...

We’re going to MYTHBUST! common misconceptions around apprenticeships

1. Apprenticeships are for poeple who don’t do well at school

An apprenticeship is simply an alternative route into skilled employment. The main difference being you GET PAID TO LEARN, gain vital work experience in a career you want

2. Apprenticeships are only available in manual industries

This may have once been the case, many many years ago, apprenticeships are now available in over 1,500 occupations across 170 industries, ranging from nuclear to fashion, law, banking and Accountacny

3. Apprenticeships are low quality

YH have been in the education and training industry for 34 years, quality of training is at the heart of what we do – we simply wouldn’t have last long if we weren’t good at what we do.

4. Apprenticeships are low levelled and don’t lead to good qualifications

Apprenticeships offer a ladder of opportunity so learners can progress from intermediate level (Level 2) apprenticeships right up to higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships. We currently offer a variety of apprenticeships from Level 1 – Level 5.

5. Apprentices will never earn very much

The national minimum wage for an apprentice is currently £3.90 per hour, as a training provider we encourage employers to pay at least £4.50 per hour although some offer apprenticeships with a starting salary of £15,000 per annum! Check out our current apprenticeship vacancies here

In the long-term, individuals with an advanced apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications. While those completing a higher (degree level) apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

6. Apprentices are only given donkey work

Apprenticeships are full time paid jobs with training and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them. According to Department for Education research, a quarter of former apprentices (23%) secure a promotion within 12 months of qualifying.

7. Apprenticeships are only for school leavers

Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages making them a great option for anyone looking to change career, improve their skills in order to secure a new role or re-enter the labour market after having taken time out for whatever reason.


Posted in Apprenticeships 10/10/2019