Apprenticeships give you the knowledge and skills as well as hands-on industry experience that employers are looking for.
For some it’s a great alternative to other qualifications, and can lead to a full degree. Reece Poxon, a current Level 4 apprentice, shares his experience here so far.
“My company was originally looking at sending me to university but that was straight after my GCSEs so I wasn’t old enough at the time. They thought doing the Level 3 in Construction at MidKent College would be a good starting point and then when they found out I could follow on with the Level 4 and that this would shorten the time at university as I would study there for three years instead of five.
Level 3 was really good and provided a good foundation; it was very varied and you got a good insight into a lot of different subjects within the construction industry. It set a good baseline so if you felt like you wanted to change pathways you could due to the amount you learned during the level 3. MidKent College is my local college which is why I chose to continue with the level 4 here. After I finish the level 4 I want to go on and do the three years at university to get my bachelors honours and then hopefully go on to get my chartership in quantity surveying. I’ve only been back at College a couple of days but so far everything has gone to plan. I come into College one day a week and work the rest.
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