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Apprenticeship Myths – Debunked!

Updated: 05/03/2018

Despite the rise in popularity Apprenticeships have experienced over the last few years, there still seems to be a number of misconceptions about them that simply aren’t true.

Apprenticeship Myths – Debunked!

Morrison's bakery Apprentices at The Sheffield College.

A fantastic way to start your journey on the career ladder whilst being employed and paid in a real job, let us clear a few bits up:

Are Apprenticeships just for people who don’t get the grades to go to university?

 This one isn’t true. An Apprenticeship is simply a different way of learning. A different route into employment, often for those who want to get a head start in the job market rather than go to university. Learning on the job, whilst getting paid!

Apprenticeships start at a lower level than a degree but you can still do higher and degree level Apprenticeships as you progress which are equivalents to going to university. It’s, just a different way of learning.


Will Apprentices be at a disadvantage without a degree?

 Why would they be? Apprenticeships are now offered all the way through to higher and degree level which is the exact equivalent of going to university. The main bonus is that you’ll be more work ready as you’ve gained the experience in the workplace that employers crave.


Aren’t Apprenticeships just for practical jobs in construction and engineering? 

No, this is quite a dated view of Apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are now offered in over 250 professions including law, social media, journalism and accountancy. Everyone’s getting involved. Click here to view all the Apprenticeships that we offer at The Sheffield College.


Do university graduates have better career prospects?

Around 70% of employers retain their Apprentices when they complete their training. Why? Because they know you, they already think you’re doing a really good job and they have invested time in your development. You’ve created a bond.

Students often struggle to find a job relevant to their degree straight away due to everyone finishes at the same time. Apprentices could well be in a position of management by the time their friends finish at university.


Do graduates earn more than former Apprentices?

On average, individuals who have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications.

Higher apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with Level 3 vocational qualifications.


Apprenticeships are only for school leavers

No they’re not. That’s simply just wrong. Apprenticeships can be done by anyone once they have left school.

The confusion comes about because of funding we can explain that to you. Just give us a shout!



So now you’re a bit clearer on what an Apprenticeship is and we’ve straightened out some of those concerns for you, take a look at our current vacancies by clicking here.