MYTH: "I already have a job, there's no need for me to do an apprenticeship."
I always thought apprenticeships were for school leavers and young people taking their first step on the career ladder. After enduring a turbulent time at school I’d left without any qualifications, however I’ve now been in employment for over 4 years. During this time, I’ve built up a wealth of knowledge and experience that I thought would stand me in good stead for my career.
When my employer first proposed the idea of an apprenticeship to me I was reluctant, I felt it could be a step backwards. I was also unsure about entering into education again after my experiences at school.
After looking further into apprenticeships and meeting with the tutor I realised how an apprenticeship would benefit me. It wouldn’t negatively impact my current role and would instead enable me to fit learning around my work. I’d finally be able gain qualifications in Maths and English and can build on my knowledge in I.T. to gain internationally recognised qualifications. This is allowing me to take on more responsibility in the workplace and giving me a wide range of career options.
I’ve enjoyed the time I’ve spent on my apprenticeship so far and look forward to what I’ll do next.