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Why people are choosing a Midlands apprenticeship over university

Every year, thousands of students in Nottingham face the degree versus apprenticeship debate and making a decision on this requires careful consideration.

Over recent years we have seen the attitude to apprenticeships evolve as they have become recognised as an equal alternative to university.
Recent statistics revealed university graduates are now earning on average £4,000 less a year than those who had completed an apprenticeship. The main reason is because employers know their apprentices have more hands on experience as well as a strong knowledge of the company.
With nearly a million 16-24 year olds currently in an apprenticeship, Nottingham based training provider, CT Skills met with six of their own apprentices who are now employed by Mansfield solicitors firm, Fidler and Pepper.

 
Two years ago, Sophie Wise who is now a Conveyancing Assistant at Fidler and Pepper, contacted CT Skills in search for an apprenticeship after starting university and realising it wasn’t the right choice for her.

She said; “After dropping out of university, I was worried about what my future would hold. My apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to do a job that I always wanted to do, I wish I had known sooner that I could work in the industry without having a law degree.

I knew I had to make the most of this opportunity so I completed my Level 3 apprenticeship within a year of starting and I have now secured a full time role at Fidler and Pepper. My apprenticeship offered so much more than I expected and has provided me with invaluable insight into the industry that will support my entire career.”

The apprentices’ roles within the business range from an Assistant Apprentice right up to Senior Solicitor Assistant and Trainee Fee Earner. Each of the apprentices explained the legal duties they undertake in their roles, a reality entirely different to what they expected when first considering an apprenticeship.

New Apprentice, Phoebe Hallam commented: “I thought when I started I would be making tea and running errands, however I’ve skipped the Office Junior position within the company and have been fast-tracked into a challenging yet rewarding role. Not only am I getting educational experience, am I developing the business skills that employer’s value, something a degree couldn’t offer me.”

 

Making the decision between apprenticeships and university can often be a difficult decision. CT Skills Apprentice Advisor, Ross Braker explains;

“Take a look at your current situation- consider the industry you want to work in and the types of qualifications you would benefit from. The likelihood is there is work-based qualification that meets all your needs! Most importantly, remember you’re not alone! Talk to an expert for free advice and guidance.”

Whether you are a young person, a parent, an employer or someone looking for a career change, your questions will be answered at the Made In The Midlands Apprenticeship Forum on Friday 9th March. 

Reserve your free place online today!