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What are the advantages of becoming an apprentice?

Why do an apprenticeship at Nescot?

Here are a few ideas about what you could enjoy about becoming an apprentice. But don't just take our word for it - have a look what our students have had to say by reading their stories on the right on each course page. 

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  • Earn while you learn. Like your colleagues, you’ll get paid a wage right from your first day. Like the other students at college, you’ll be getting all the training and help to make sure you get your qualifications. As an apprentice you'll get the best of both worlds. You'll get at least the minimum wage for your age, but many apprentices earn much more. You can find out more about the national minimum wage here
  • Get the qualifications you need. Apprenticeships are highly focussed on helping you develop and achieve the skills, experience and qualifications employers want you to have. That means the college will also make sure your maths, English and IT skills are up to scratch.
  • Learn at your own pace. Another benefit to on-the-job training is that you can take the time to make sure you understand something, and ask for help if you don’t. Your Nescot tutor will also be happy to help if you have any questions about what you’re learning at work.
  • Do a real job. Like your colleagues, you’ll get paid holidays and other benefits such as pension contributions. You’ll be working alongside full-time members of staff so you can get a sense of what the job will be like once you finish your training.
  • Great support. Again, you have the best of both worlds, with your employer and the college working together to help you get the skills and experience you need to gain your qualification.
  • Practical experience. By the time you finish your apprenticeship you’ll not only be qualified to work in the trade, you’ll also have an understanding of your role and your industry you can’t read in a book.
  • Great prospects. One you’ve finished your course you could stay with your company, perhaps with a promotion, or look for a full-time job elsewhere. Our apprentices tell us the practical experience they’ve had helps them stand out from other candidates when they apply for job, and makes them feel more confident too. You could also continue into Higher Education.
  • Transferable skills. Although your apprenticeship will be very focussed on your particular profession, you’ll also learn a lot of skills you’ll find useful in other industries and careers. For example, health and safety requirements, numeracy, time management and an understanding of how different roles and industries work together.





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