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Taking the leap from school to an apprenticeship

Although schools do a lot to prepare you for the future, there are some lessons in life that you only learn through having a job. This is why an apprenticeship is the perfect first step into employment for a lot of young people.

You will find that there are a lot of differences between school and the workplace, so it is important that you prepare yourself for these changes before you undertake an apprenticeship.

Here are a few differences you might find:

Personal responsibility – Although as an apprentice you will be learning and training on the job, you will still be responsible for completing your allocated work duties. Unlike school where teachers have a responsibility to make sure you learn, in an apprenticeship you will most likely be let go if you don’t do what is expected of you.

Time-management – Being organized and on time for work is even more important in the workplace than at school. You may repeatedly get detention for being late or not completing your homework, however if you are constantly late for your apprenticeship or haven’t completed the required work, you won’t receive as many chances.

Socialising too frequently – You are unable to spend as much time socialising with friends at work than you might be used to at school. Regardless of how quick you have finished your work, you might be disturbing your colleague if you keep popping over to their desk to chat one too many times throughout the day. This isn’t to say that you must ignore people and only speak when spoken to - you just have to bear in mind that you are being paid to work and learn.

Appreciation for money – Work usually comes with a new found respect for money that YOU have worked hard to earn.
CAUTION: This may induce embarrassing flashbacks to past tantrums thrown over not getting the expensive trainers you wanted that week. Symptoms may include cringing under the immense realisation that you may have been a little bit unreasonable.

If you haven’t secured an apprenticeship opportunity yet, or want to find out more about what’s involved, then head over to or contact us by phone or email today!
Tel: 03000 414005