What are your next steps after completing an apprenticeship?

Written on: 7 May 2019
Written by:Bethany Lowdon

An apprenticeship can open many doors and create new opportunities once completed. The knowledge and skills you have developed will apply in a working environment and kick-start your career in your chosen sector.

There are many options available once you have completed an apprenticeship. Whether you choose to stay on in employment, further your studies with a higher level apprenticeship, or seek different employment. An apprenticeship allows you to explore different paths as you gain work experience as well as an industry recognised qualification.

Full-time position

Most apprentices are taken on as full-time, permanent members of staff after they have completed their apprenticeship. This is because, as part of the apprenticeship, you will learn specific duties linking to a specific job role in the business. Apprenticeships are a great way for employers to train staff at entry level roles and bring new talent into the company. Many apprentices stay on with the company and work their way up to higher positions. For example, starting a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship could one day lead to becoming IT Manager.

Higher Level Apprenticeship

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to progress onto a higher level apprenticeship. This will give you the chance to advance your skills and gain another qualification in your chosen area of study. Higher level apprenticeships allow you to expand your existing abilities. This will also make you more valuable to your employer by bringing more skills and knowledge to the business.

Further Employment

After your apprenticeship, you may decide to move onto another company, or even a different role. Apprenticeships give you valuable experience in a working environment. You will have at least 12 months experience in a professional workplace and an industry recognised qualification. As well as technical knowledge, you will have also developed transferrable skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving all of which will contribute to your employability.

When looking for further employment you can visit job boards such as Total Jobs, Jobsite and Indeed. When searching for IT and tech roles, you can also look at industry specific job boards such as technojobs and CW Jobs. You can also visit the National Careers Service for career advice and further guidance.

Written on: 7 May 2019
Written by:Bethany Lowdon