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10 benefits of doing an apprenticeship

Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to be joined by some of our fantastic apprenticeship partners in hosting an Apprenticeships Roadshow at our Hatfield office.

The event was hugely successful, providing a great opportunity for staff who are interested in developing their skills to meet with our apprenticeship experts.

Following on from this fantastic event, we take a look at some of the many incredible benefits of doing an apprenticeship.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a form of learning that combine study with a full time job.

While studying for a formal qualification, you’ll gain valuable experience and skills by working in a real job for a real company. From here, you are able to progress onto the next stage of your chosen career.

Who can apply for apprenticeships?

Despite the common misconception that apprenticeships are only available to people of school leaving age, they are actually open to those aged 16 or over living in England and not in full-time education.

Entry requirements for apprenticeships

Each apprenticeship opportunity is different, and vacancies will specify the different entry requirements and professional qualities that your employer is looking for.

Remember to check the job description to ensure you have the necessary skills that are required.

What are the benefits of apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships can often be seen as being for people who ‘didn’t do well at school’ or can’t get into University, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. They are a fantastic way to learn new skills, grow as a person and give yourself a brilliant start to your career.

Let’s have a closer look at some of the many benefits of enrolling in an apprenticeship:

1. Earn while you learn

Doing an apprenticeship is a unique opportunity, allowing you to start earning your own money, while also expanding your knowledge and helping you learn plenty of new skills.

While you may start out on minimum wage or a basic rate of pay initially, your employer should review this as you progress through your employment with them.

2. Discover new passions and interests

You’ll be learning every day, and with this comes a fantastic way to discover new things that might interest you.

It’ll also help you decide if your chosen career path is actually right for you or not.

3. Gain real life experience

In a recent study by UCAS, one third of employers felt that job applicants did not have a satisfactory level of knowledge about the job they’ve applied for.

Working in your role will equip you with invaluable knowledge and experience that will set you apart from other applicants for future job roles, who may not have these same skills.

Academic achievements are absolutely wonderful, however where some may have a degree, apprentices have real life exposure and an increased understanding into the day to day of your chosen job role or career path.

4. Get valuable qualifications

At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll not only have work experience within an organisation, you’ll have qualifications too.

Apprenticeship qualification levels

There are different levels of apprenticeships that you can take part in, which are equivalent to the different qualifications you would receive if in full-time education.

Apprenticeship NameLevelEquivalent Qualification
Intermediate 2GCSE
Advanced3A Level
Higher4 and 5Foundation Degree
Degree6 and 7Degree

5. Start to build your professional network

You’ve probably heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”

This is often very true in the world of work.

Building your professional network can be a fantastic way to strengthen your career. It can be a great way to exchange ideas with others in your sector, can help to raise your own personal profile, and can open up a world of potential opportunities in the future be it job roles, speaking slots or freelance work.

Starting this early can be invaluable; you never know where a new relationship or connection may lead!

6. Increase your earning potential

Having a degree can be hugely beneficial in the workplace, however it isn’t the only deciding factor in how much you eventually go on to earn.

A recent study actually found that apprentices often earn more than graduates, with the amount apprentices earning over the course of their lives outstripping that of graduates by up to 270 percent!

7. Receive one-to-one support

You’ll receive personal support from your training provider, who will be on hand whenever you have questions, worries or concerns.

8. Improve your employability

Having an apprenticeship on your CV shows your potential future employers that you’ve got the necessary skills to complete a qualification while juggling the responsibilities of a full time job.

It shows your dedication to your chosen field and your ability to build knowledge from the ground up.

9. Make new friends

Apprenticeships are a great way to meet new people and make friends with people from a range of different generations, backgrounds and cultures.

10. Develop as an individual

As well as earning a wage and learning valuable skills, an apprenticeship will also help you develop as an individual.

A successful apprenticeship programme will help increase your confidence, give you more independence and improve your understanding about yourself and how you work. Your communication skills will develop along with your time management and relationship skills.

Apprenticeships at Computacenter

Our apprentice numbers have grown from 5 to 70 in just over two years, with each individual developing their knowledge and gaining qualifications through work based learning. We offer apprenticeships throughout the UK, and have a real passion for developing young people in our business.

You can choose between a variety of different entry options depending on your level of educational achievement and abilities. With dedicated staff and structured programmes available, there is no better time to become an apprentice at Computacenter.

Apply for apprenticeships at Computacenter

Welcome to the Sales Associate Blog – More than just a graduate programme!

Welcome to the Sales Associate Blog

Welcome to the Sales Associate Blog, written by Aaron Norris, Ian Revell, Tim Murphy, Anjalee Vyas and Richard Beeching – A.K.A the Sales Associates of 2012.

This is the first of our regular blogs, being written to provide some insight into our lives as associates, the selection process and the programme.  Hopefully this will be interesting and useful for anyone looking to join Computacenter as a Sales Associate (SA).  If you’re looking to get into Sales and have an interest in helping some of the UK’s top businesses achieve their goals, this is probably the place for you!

So you’re probably wondering what the Sales Associate Programme is? Aaron explains “This is an 18 month programme designed to produce the future generation of Computacenter’s sales force. The key factor Computacenter look for is potential, and so they aren’t necessarily looking for IT graduates with previous sales experience (if you do, then great!). Each of our current Associates has their own story prior to the programme and a unique background. Whether you have just finished your degree or you want a more challenging (and rewarding) opportunity than your current graduate role, the only thing you must have in common with us is a drive for success!”

So what brought us here? Well we all had a variety of reasons for joining Computacenter, many reflective of our backgrounds, Ian explains “I was looking to work for a company and in a role where I could take my previous sales experience to the next level and Computacenter certainly offered that in terms of professionalism, career development and overall opportunity. The selection process for the SA program really confirmed this for me, coming out of the last assessment day I knew that any company willing to put that much effort in their recruitment policy was definitely somewhere that I wanted to join.”

“The assessment process was lengthy, beginning with a telephone interview, following on to a one on one interview with a client director, and then a tough assessment day “explains Richard .  “Not only that but through the process you are exposed to a significant amount of the Senior Sales people as well as the MD and the CEO,  and this gives you a flavour of how highly regarded the programme is within the company. We’d all agree that it’s a tough process but definitely worth it.”

“We began the Programme mid-January and initially this felt like a daunting experience for all of us. We arrived at the Hatfield HQ on a cold Monday morning to be whisked away in to our customer suite to start the learning process” Tim recalls. “This process could not have been more organised if it tried, with people from all corners of the business dropping in to help us with the on-boarding process. One of these people was none other than Mike Norris, Group CEO to welcome us and wish us the best for our future! This was a true reflection of the level of commitment the company was willing to dedicate for our success, and has since pushed us forward to do our very best.”

“We’re now in mid-July, 6 months into the programme and it’s flying by”, says Anjalee. “The Programme is split up into rotations, like mini work placements where we work our way all around the company, from marketing, to bids, sales  etc…We’ve just begun our fifth rotation and we really value each rotation and love the exposure to the business we’re getting. The Programme is continuously pushing us to exceed even our own expectations and teaching us so much, and it’s these very factors that are keeping us really excited and passionate to succeed! “

We’ll be writing another blog next month to talk about the very inspirational Sales Kick Off and our journeys so far; we hope you’re as eager to read our next blog as we are to write it – see you soon!

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