An apprenticeship is like any other job and while you won’t be earning the big bucks just yet, you’ll get a wage while developing your skills.
Many university graduates complete their studies with tens of thousands of pounds in student loan debts which take years to pay off. An apprenticeship on the other hand is free for the person doing it, no matter what age you are.
If you undertake an apprenticeship, you’ll get real, tangible, on-the-job experience. So rather than sitting inside and listening to someone explain things, you’ll be out seeing them done first-hand and then be able to have a go yourself.
Like confidence, time-keeping, decision-making, how to meet deadlines and even the importance of a good night’s sleep!
Many university leavers finish their studies without any job prospects or even knowing what they want to do. But once you’ve completed your construction apprenticeship you’ll have already worked in the industry for some time so you’ll have a good chance of staying on with your apprenticeship employer or have the networks and experience to get another job.
Apprenticeships are great for getting you out there and meeting people you might not otherwise come into contact with. You’ll meet people from all walks of life and with a varied work experience who often make great advisors and mentors.
Many construction apprentices say that no two days are the same – on Monday you might be at college with your peers, Tuesdays could be spent on site and Wednesdays in the office.
When you finish your construction apprenticeship you’ll have a skill set that you could use to work anywhere in the world, like the Welsh volunteer apprentices who helped build a new maternity unit in Uganda.
As a construction apprentice you can put your skills to good use within your community. Single mother Emma Louise MacKenzie learnt skills to decorate her own flat and secure a future for her and her young daughter. Emma is working towards setting up her own furniture upcycling business and hopes to inspire others in her situation to also consider a career in construction.
As a construction apprentice you’ll have the chance to enter into Skillbuild, where you’ll compete against other apprentices at the same level as you to be crowned the winner of your chosen trade. The winners of Skillbuild go on to represent the UK at the WorldSkills competition. Next year’s event will be held in Kazan, Russia.
If you love construction and you want to tell everyone just how great it is, you can become a construction ambassador and help inspire others.
There’s a huge potential for career progression in construction. Like Sir Terry Morgan CBE, who started out as an engineering apprentice in a car parts factory in Wales and is now in charge of Europe’s largest civil engineering project. Oh the places you’ll go!
As a construction worker you have the ability to build something that could last forever – a skyscraper or even a massive new railway like HS2. Not many other jobs can offer you the same!
There’s more the construction than just diggers and steel toe boots. To find out what job would suit you, take the Go Construct personality quiz. You might be pleasantly surprised.