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  • Everyone in the UK is eligible to apply for apprenticeships from the age of 16, which is a form of employment where you combine working with studying in order to gain the skills and knowledge in a specific trade.

    Ultimately, the apprentice will learn enough to become fully qualified in that trade, enabling them to branch out on their own and become self-employed or at least be paid to the level of a fully certified professional. Often apprentices will earn something around minimum wage during their apprenticeship, although their earnings will massively increase once they are fully certified.

    The length of time an apprenticeship lasts for will vary according to the trade being learned, but UK law requires a minimum of one year per apprenticeship. Depending on the level the apprentice wants to learn to, some trade apprenticeships can last up to five years.

    Beginning such a career can be tricky if you don’t already know how, so here is what you need to do to start your skilled trade career.

    Identify the Trade Skill You Want to Learn

    There are literally hundreds of trades out there spread across many different industries, so the first step of any skilled trade career is identifying which trade you want to learn. There are many options to choose from including the likes of shop fitting, mechanical and electrical specialities, plant operators, hospitality, horticulture and landscaping, as well as other trades such as warehousing, demolition, transport and logistics.

    Ideally you want to match up one or two such trades with something you are already interested in, such as fixing cars, woodworking, preparing meals or gardening. If you already enjoy something like this as a hobby, then training to become a professional auto mechanic, carpenter, chef or landscaper will be a much more enjoyable experience.

    You can identify trades that require plenty of physical dexterity or creativity, and others that would require excellent problem-solving skills, such as any career in logistics. Once you have identified which trade you want to train for, you will need to find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice.

    Apply for Apprenticeships

    Reaching out to suitable companies in your local area and beyond is always a good idea, and even if they do not have opportunities in that moment then you can leave your details with them in case a place opens up in the future. You should also sign up to a recruitment agency that specialises in trade jobs as they will have many contacts in your chosen field and will be aware of any opportunities in your area.

    To find out more about apprenticeship opportunities and jobs in your trade, contact SK Recruitment who one of the UK’s leading trade recruitment agencies.

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