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Does an apprenticeship increase your chances of getting a job?

Does an apprenticeship increase your chances of getting a job?

Experts have predicted that by 2022, less than one third of job roles will be graduate jobs. This is good news if you’re thinking of undertaking an apprenticeship.

Qualifications over experience?

Arguably, degrees can mean graduates can apply for a wider range of jobs than apprentices. Apprenticeships can be limited in regards to training, as it is often specialist, but overall apprenticeships are admired for their practicality. Alternatively, degrees are respected for their outstanding research and comprehensive knowledge.

For certain careers, professional qualifications are imperative (these are qualifications given by professional organisations) and these are vocational, meaning they are aimed at certain industries and sectors. Apprentices are lucky that these additional professional qualifications are included within their apprenticeship, and are very advantageous when applying for jobs.

How do apprenticeship qualifications attract employers?

Apprenticeships are attractive to employers for a number of reasons:

  • Good workplace experience – One of the most appealing and valuable attributes of an apprentice is their excellent workplace experience, through their exposure to the inside mechanisms of a working business.
  • High quality training – Many apprentices have on-job-experience coupled with off-the-job training, meaning they are already multi-skilled. A common occurrence for apprentices is that they’re kept on by the employer they did their apprenticeship with.
  • Quick career progress – Having an apprenticeship qualification sees many apprentices climb the career ladder relatively quickly.
  • Flexibility – Apprentices gain transferable skills throughout their apprenticeship, and aren’t limited to certain roles.


Although some employers are adamant about recruiting just graduates, having a degree doesn’t necessarily mean a larger wage. Recent studies found that 2013 university graduates received lower salaries than apprentices. Experts also claim that people who had undertaken level 5 apprenticeships will earn £52k more over their lives than graduates from second-rate universities.

Will it increase my chances of getting a job?

The million dollar question is whether having an apprenticeship is better than having a degree when applying for jobs. In some instances, this may be the case. A 2014 study by the Sutton Trust discovered that 34% of people believed a degree-level apprenticeship would be better for career prospects, whereas 21% of people thought that a degree was better. Although the skills from these two educational paths are different, overall degrees and apprenticeships are equally as valuable as each other.

A poll also found that 55% of young people said they would consider doing an apprenticeship. Are you aged 16 or over and interested in doing an apprenticeship in the Kent area? Find out if an apprenticeship is the right career path for you here!

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