National Apprenticeship Week 2022
Why an apprenticeship?
For many people, choosing an apprenticeship may not be the most obvious choice and it is something that is often overlooked. However, apprenticeships have many benefits for both the learner and the employer and can lead to great career opportunities.
For many school leavers, university is considered the most popular choice. But most students sometimes worry they will be left with a hefty amount of debt.
One of the most appealing aspects of an apprenticeship is that apprentices can earn money whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification, without the debt of university fees.
The apprentice will also get relevant hands-on experience in the workplace, learning skills that will be invaluable to future career development. Additionally, learners will get to meet and work with all kinds of people throughout their apprenticeships, such as customers, managers and colleagues, gaining them access to valuable business contacts and building important relationships with professionals who will help shape their future career.
At Futures Group, we know how rewarding apprenticeships can be and how important they are to the community and the wider economy.
"Hi, I’m Zoe, the new Marketing Assistant Apprentice at Futures For Children in Maidstone.
I chose this apprenticeship as I knew even though I had no experience in marketing, I didn’t need it as I would be taught everything on the job. That’s the great thing about apprenticeships, they require no certifications or knowledge for you to be considered.
As the Marketing department, we are responsible for all of the companies across Futures Group. I have only been with Futures For Children for 3 months and I have already learnt so much and my manager encourages me to share opinions and ideas every day. It is great to have a creative job and to be able to learn whilst getting paid. My skill set has grown so much during such a short amount of time as we use different software and platforms every day. I have edited videos, created social media posts, emails, TikTok videos and website pages already. All of the staff are encouraging, patient and understanding towards me as a new staff member which is great as sometimes being new can feel overwhelming. I would encourage anyone to take up any apprenticeships they see, as it is a great way to learn the skills you need without feeling stressed about having no income or worrying about having to pay off Uni debts."