• 08 Aug 2012

    What is an Apprenticeship? (Part 2)

    This is part 2 of our "what is an apprentice? blog. Read part 1 here.

    In the previous blog post we looked at what an apprentice is and the history of apprenticeships in the UK. In this post we will look more at the practicalities of being an apprentice, what you could learn and what you could get at the end of the scheme.

    What will I learn?

    That will depend on what sector of industry you decide to go into. Traditionally apprentices went into the construction industry to become Electricians, Welders, Plumbers, Carpenters, Brick Layers and so on BUT the world of work is far more diverse now and so the sectors you can enter into are very varied.

    Your availability of choice will depend directly on the possible employers that there are in the area where you want to live or study and hence why you need to visit ...

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  • 01 Aug 2012

    Apprenticeship Journey Part.1

    I first thought about an apprenticeship when I was reading the local newspaper. I saw that local software house Light Speed IT Solutions were recruiting for apprenticeships in all aspects of web based design and development. I have always wanted to get involved in web design but unfortunately when I left school my sixth form college wouldn’t allow me to study the relevant course because I didn’t get high enough grades in Science and Maths. The criteria was GCSE B in both Science and Maths however I only achieved grade C. By this point I didn’t see any point in going to sixth form college because I wasn’t allowed to study the course I wanted to. I had already got a part time job in retail and shortly afterwards I had 2 part time jobs and I loved it so earning money became a massive draw over studying for qualifications ...

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  • 31 Jul 2012

    What is an Apprenticeship? (Part 1)

    In 2012 the word Apprenticeship means different things to different people.

    When I worked in a college as an engineering tutor we used to call them Modern Apprenticeship Schemes to differentiate them from what used to be the stock reply to the question “What is an apprenticeship?”

    What was an Apprenticeship?

    apprentice contractThe word Apprentice can be traced back to being used in England in Medieval times. In 1201 when you were old enough to work you could seek a job common to the area where you lived. So in Suffolk for example you could be a farm hand or fishing boat support hand  etc. OR you could seek out one of the Guilds and learn a skill / trade that would give you the opportunity to travel and work in places of the country where that skill was required. Medieval England had been shown by the invading French how to ...

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