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7 Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Apprenticeships
Can you be made redundant if you undertake an apprenticeship?
Yes, it is possible.
Does undertaking an apprenticeship means you will be guaranteed a job, for which you trained as an apprentice, once you complete it?
If you are an external applicant. Meaning you did not have a job with the company offering the apprenticeship prior to undertaking of the apprenticeship then, depending on the terms of your apprenticeship agreement, no. However, if your company offers an apprenticeship and you successfully apply for it then, depending on the terms of your apprenticeship agreement, you will most likely be treated a secondee. This means, once you complete your apprenticeship and you are not offered a job for, which you trained as an apprentice, then you will revert to your previous role.
Is an apprenticeship free?
You will need to read your apprenticeship agreement. This may be defined in your contract; the company may give you a separate agreement or if you are working for the business then apprenticeships may define on their local intranet. In it, the apprenticeship agreement will define what you will have to pay for and what the company will pay. The company will pay for the training, except for any related expenses (e.g. tests or professional membership fees) and any additional courses you may want to take that the company is unwilling to pay. This means, in many situations the cost is either free or low cost.
Undertaking an apprenticeship is the same as going to university?
No, it is not. An apprenticeship is skills based meaning it is more technical focused and most apprenticeships last for less than 3 years. Undertaking an apprenticeship, will prepare you to undertake a specific type of role. It will help you advance. However, since an apprenticeship focus is skill based and not theory. Understanding standing theory is helpful when innovation is required. This means, an apprenticeship can limit your progression. If you goal is undertaking a leadership role within the business, then undertaking a university education is most likely the best route.
I can do an apprenticeship that will lead to a university degree.
Yes, you can. However, apprenticeships that lead to university degrees are very limited and very competitive.
Applying for an apprenticeship is the same as applying to university?
An apprenticeship is a job. Unlike a centralised clearinghouse for university applications, there is not a date on which applications for apprenticeships open and close. This will mean you will need to watch for apprenticeship opening with various businesses and once an apprenticeship that interests you open, then you will need to apply for it.
If I am older than 25 then I cannot do an apprenticeship?
There is no maximum age on applying to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are open to anyone and anyone can apply.