5 Reasons to Become an Apprentice - Bridgwater & Taunton College
  1. Apprenticeships lead to increased future earnings

Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a Higher Apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

The minimum wage for apprentices is £4.81 per hour from April 2022, but many employers pay more than this. In 2021, apprentices reported a median gross hourly pay of £9.98 an hour. This can vary depending on the sector, region and Apprenticeship level e.g. some higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300-£500 per week.


  1. Improve your chances of success

95% of apprentices said their apprenticeship has had a positive impact on their chances for success in their future career, and 91% felt that their apprenticeship had prepared them well for what they wanted to do next.

As a BTC apprentice, you will be working with top employers relevant to the industry you want to be in. As a result, apprentices learn first hand the skills that employers are looking for, setting them up brilliantly for the future.


  1. Gain New Skills

99% of apprentices reported gaining skills during their apprenticeship. At BTC, we are very proud of our response to skills.

We have worked closely with our employers both locally and regionally to ensure that our curriculum is right for the job roles of today and equips our apprentices with the best chances for success. We listen to what employers want and adapt accordingly to best support our apprentice’s development as well as the benefit of the company employing them.


  1. Apprenticeships train with Top Employers

BTC has created and developed a world class relationship with small and large employers from all across the UK. Our apprentices are employed by organisations including; the Ministry of Defence, Mulberry, EDF, the NHS, Thatchers, Yeo Valley, Morrisons, Wessex Water and many more!


  1. Apprenticeships aren’t just for youngsters!

Apprenticeships are a great tool for aiding professional development and career success while continuing to earn, whatever your age. Apprenticeships are perfect for an experienced employee who is keen to obtain a formal qualification in their specialist area, or someone who wants to progress into a different role.

More than half of learners are already employed by their apprenticeship employer before their apprenticeship commenced. The most commonly cited reason for undertaking an apprenticeship was a desire to enter into or progress in a specific career, followed by wanting to develop work-related skills, or to gain a new qualification.

BTC offers Apprenticeships at different levels, so you can progress and complete qualifications from Level 2 (Intermediate) right up to Level 6 (Degree Apprenticeships). These are in a wide range of sectors relating to 1500 job roles in a wide range of industries.


Learn more about our Apprenticeship opportunities here.

Find out more at the College’s Apprenticeship Jobs Fair in February.

We’re here to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Information and Advice team on 01278 441234 or email info@btc.ac.uk. Alternatively, come along to one of our open events; view our facilities, speak with our experienced staff and experience the BTC atmosphere.


*Facts and statistics taken from Department for Education Apprenticeships evaluation 2021: Learners survey


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