This week marks ‘National Apprenticeship Week!’ – a celebration of all the hard-working apprentices across the UK.
This year’s theme is based around ‘Build the future’, which highlights how apprenticeships can benefit both businesses and individuals undertaking them.
What are the benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship programmes allow businesses to train talent whilst providing their apprentices with valuable ‘real-life’ work experience. Apprenticeships can be extremely valuable to those who seek to gain new experience whilst advancing their skills further in their chosen field. As a result, having the right skills and experience while also being integrated within the company culture can create an opportunity to receive a permanent job within that workplace.
Another great bonus of being an apprentice is earning money whilst you train. The current National Minimum Wage rate for apprentices is £4.30, however, as you progress further in your career, the salary will also increase. The bonus? You’ll complete the scheme whilst qualifying, and won’t be lumped with paying back University tuition fees.
UK Apprenticeship Statistics
There have been over 2,662,000 apprenticeships undertaken since May 2015 in the UK. Advanced apprenticeships make up just under half of these statistics, whilst Under 19s account for almost a third. Here at ARC, we believe that undertaking an apprenticeship is a great way to attract and retain talent for businesses and we’re lucky enough to have one such apprentice on our team, working as a valuable member of the M&E division.
Maya has recently passed her Level 2 diploma in recruitment with flying colours. We sat down with her to get her thoughts on what life is like as an apprentice at ARC.
What made you decide to undertake an apprenticeship with ARC?
“I knew that I wanted to get into recruitment, but with no recruitment background, I struggled. I found that the apprenticeship route was the best option for me. I chose ARC as they are a well-known recruiter and when I visited for my interview, they made me feel very welcome and I could easily envision myself working there.”
What is your advice for anyone looking to start an apprenticeship?
“Use college websites in your area as it promotes the best apprenticeships.”
Who, or what inspires you?
“Greta, my Manager. She has been a great support. She has recently progressed to Divisional Manager for the M&E division and I hope to also progress like she has one day.”
For more information on apprenticeships, there is a range of virtual and in-person events for young people, businesses, training providers, and schools happening during National Apprenticeship Week. To find out, click here. Alternatively, to enquire about any apprenticeship roles here at ARC, please email a CV over to email@example.com or contact a member of our team.