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 Name||Level||Equivalent Qualification|
|Higher||4 and 5||Foundation Degree|
|Degree||6 and 7||Degree|
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
Picture this – your alarm clock goes off, you reach across the bed and take a look at your phone; it’s woken you up 30 minutes early – why? Well you have a meeting at 9:30am, but your car is running low on fuel so filling up will take 15 minutes, and traffic is a little worse than normal, so it will take an extra 15 minutes to get to the meeting. Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT) a world where your phone can play your day ahead and your fridge knows when it’s running dry and orders the groceries itself.
IoT has captured the imagination of industry visionaries and the public for some time now; devices sending and receiving data, opening the door to a futuristic world previously the stuff of science fiction.
As the cities we live in grow into digital ecosystems, the networks around us will connect every individual device, enabling billions of new data exchanges. Industries will enter a new era, from medical devices that talk directly to medical professionals, to the emergence of smart homes that manage themselves efficiently, ensuring energy usage is checked and bills paid on time.
In the workplace it’s equally easy to see the potential advantages of the connections between devices, from intelligent service desk support through to printers, computers and other devices interacting with each other to deliver tangible user and business benefits.
The service desk is a key component for businesses in the digital age, acting as a communication hub for IT issues, a reference point for technology requirements and a tool for asset visibility. Organisations must ask themselves if their current service desk has the technological capacity and capability to manage the multitude of device and operational data in an efficient manner. An intelligent service desk can be the lifeblood of IoT implementation within businesses and enable automation to be realised.
A connected printer in a business ecosystem, for example, could effectively self-serve its own peripheral needs and order its own supplies when needed. However, the management of that data, effective registration and logging of the incident, as well as notification to the financial and technical teams would not be possible without an intelligent service desk – especially when you elevate this to an enterprise scale, with possibly hundreds of connected printers or devices.
When discussing the “connected office”, IT managers will understandably raise concerns around security. The more devices that are connected, the further the periphery is pushed, increasing potential entry points there are into a network.
An intelligent service desk will enable whitelisting to be integrated into communication protocols. This is a process which gathers and groups trusted individuals and their devices into a known category. This will enable any unusual requests from either IoT enabled devices or employee requests to be automatically flagged and questioned before action or access is given.
It is in this scenario that IT managers can reap the benefits of IoT, service desk and employee synchronisation. Through the IoT device communicating with the service desk, the service desk effectively managing all end points and the employee working in tandem with the service desk software, the minimisation of internal security risks can be achieved.
While much of this sounds quite out of reach, the benefits of IoT and service desk communication are already evident today, through use cases that are currently very fluid, personalised and often driven by an imaginative use of existing and sometimes emerging technology. Peripheral IT product vending machines holding keyboards and mice, for example, allow the realisation of this relationship to be seen.
However, with so much data being transferred and the IoT still very ‘new’, there are a number of challenges, the most critical being visibility of assets connected and operating under the network.
Communication between all end points and visibility should be fundamental considerations when planning for an IoT based implementation. Intelligent service desks, that can enrich the IT support experience as well as integrate and communicate with the business ecosystem, can host the technology capability to have oversight, communication and visibility of device end points communicating with a network.
While this may appear to be a straightforward concept, often enthusiasm to implement and complexity of service desk and technology transformation has a tendency to drown out and bypass the fundamentals – leaving potential backdoors open.
To ensure that there is a holistic approach toward securing connections with the IoT, organisations must challenge all stakeholders (vendors, integrators and consultants) to apply secure IoT principles to the service desk solution and IT operational unit, right from the “drawing board” phase.