With apprenticeships vacancies still on the rise (and looking to go nowhere but upwards) it remains a sizable job to convince some teachers and parents that it is a worthwhile alternative to university, but it can be another battle altogether to convince young people that they offer more than careers in just plumbing or social care. The breadth of careers available through the apprenticeship route is vast and often surprising. Here are 10 very real opportunities designed to show that breadth, and to inspire students to look beyond the obvious.
Those with a creative streak and an eye for beautiful things could do a lot worse than to start a career within the jewellery industry. And if gold doesn’t take your fancy as a material of choice, what about similar opportunities like diamond setter or jewellery sales?
The ancient art of brewing is going through a modern day renaissance with the rise of craft beers and micro-breweries. An apprenticeship could teach you everything about beer production right from the material storage through to casking and distribution.
Digital marketing and social media
Beat the rush for the ever-popular and oversubscribed graduate marketing positions with an apprenticeship which focuses on the newest area of the discipline. With recent reports showing a growing knowledge gap in digital skills, this could be a great opportunity to develop a future-proof career.
Sample technologist (fashion manufacturing)
The fashion industry doesn’t start and end with designing. If you have an interest in clothes and textiles, the manufacturing industry is in need of sample technologists to sew the fabrics that are used in the luxury fashion market.
Martial Arts Instructor
Perhaps the leisure industry appeals but you are turned off by the thought of becoming yet another generic fitness trainer. An apprenticeship could train you to use your physical skills in more specialist coaching positions. Martial arts is just one way to take it – sailing instructors and football coaches are also required.
Equestrian apprenticeships can be a great way of turning a passion into a career. Studs and livery yards frequently look for staff who can learn about both the grooming and customer service sides of the job with great perks like free riding thrown in to boot.
An interest in vehicle maintenance doesn’t have to lead to a mechanics job at the local garage. There are more quirky ways you can indulge your interest in transport maintenance. Caravan and motorhome repair technicians can learn about everything from servicing, to interior fitting, and gas and electrical testing.
Don’t be put off by the fact that photography is a competitive career. Many will have overlooked apprenticeship opportunities in this area. Photographic studios or professionals with an established client base are often in need an extra pair of hands to assist and learn about the business from the inside.
Research & Development Chemistry Scientist
Science doesn’t have to be a graduate career choice. Some of the big players in global healthcare are offering laboratory based roles to young people with a skill and interest in performing experiments and collecting data. This could be the start of big things for those with the right analytical mind set.
Art Gallery Assistant
The culture sector has never been so popular but apprenticeship opportunities do exist. Working as a gallery assistant covers a breadth of skills such as arts administration, events project management and the development of new creative projects and workshops.
With tuition fees so high, apprenticeships are no longer the stomping ground of those not bright enough to go to university. They offer a very real choice for bright ambitious young people wishing to get a head start in industry. Encourage them to explore the scale of opportunities open to them. And increase your own knowledge of what is available by spending some time on the National Apprenticeship Service’s vacancy search tool to see exactly what’s out there.
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