It’s National Apprenticeship Week (March 14-18) and as usual we have a full and varied programme of events at Highbury College.

We’re already one of the largest providers of Apprenticeship training in Hampshire and the South East and the only FE college in the country providing Tech Industry Gold IT Apprenticeships – designed to give employers the highest quality development programme and take the stress out of hiring an IT apprentice. And with the government keen to promote Apprenticeships and more and more employers choosing to recruit them, we’re expecting to have around 1,000 apprentices on board by the end of the year.

Some of the high-profile companies who already choose to send their apprentices to Highbury include Lockheed Martin, BAE, IBM, Canon UK, Airbus, Rolls Royce and Ben Ainslie Racing. They benefit from our world-class facilities, expert tuition and dedicated business support to help them source the right apprentice and the most suitable training programme to fit their needs.

The apprentices themselves benefit from earning a wage, training alongside experienced staff, achieving qualifications, learning job-specific skills, and boosting their future job prospects. The high standard of training is reflected in the fact that many of our apprentices pick up National Apprenticeship Awards both regionally and nationally.

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Five Common Myths about Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are only for people who can’t get into university

Apprenticeships are an alternative route to employment and are for anyone who enjoys hands on learning rather than going to university. So if you’re looking to save money, Apprenticeships could be a better option than university and a more secure way of entering the world of employment

Apprenticeships are only available in blue collar industries such as construction

This is not the case anymore. Apprenticeships are available in almost any industry you can think of, whether it’s for a small business or a corporate company.  You can do an Apprenticeship in anything from Law to Accountancy, IT to Creative & Media Studies.

University is a better route into employment than Apprenticeships

Not necessarily.  Doing an Apprenticeship puts you straight into a job that you are more likely to stay in once the scheme finishes. So, if you already have an idea about what you want to do as a career then doing an Apprenticeship will put you in the perfect position to develop your career within a company and gain an understanding of a working environment. Apprentices have job-specific skills that most graduates don’t, which places them in a better position when looking for employment.

You won’t earn as much as a graduate if you do an Apprenticeship

Apprentices earn money from day one, even if it’s a reduced wage. By the time graduates are placed within a role, some apprentices could already be in a managerial position and would have had a significant increase in their wage.

Apprenticeships are only for young people leaving secondary school

No. You can start an Apprenticeship at any age, as long as you're aged 16 and have completed Year 11.  Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an apprentice at any working age – even in your 30s and 40s. They're also available across different levels depending on what types of qualification you have.

Event Details

  • Start Date 14/03/2016

    End Date 18/03/2016

NAW 2016 Plan

View our programme of events to see what we are getting up to during National Apprenticeship Week 2016

Find out more!

View or download our Apprenticeship brochure here…