Three myths busted by future leaders

19 July 2018 -

Apprenticeship mythsWhat you think you know about apprenticeships could be wrong

CMI Insights

On Wednesday 18 July, employers, higher education providers and apprentices gathered at any event hosted by CMI chief executive Ann Francke, to honour their commitment to professional development through apprenticeships.

The cover stars of the Summer issue of Professional Manager commanded the microphone to share some home truths about their experiences. And what they told us, may surprise you. Here’s some common misconceptions.

Three apprenticeship myths busted

1. You have to have finished A-levels to start an apprenticeship

Barclays’ apprentice Afam Sadiku knew at school that he wanted to skip university and focus on business. So he enrolled on a foundation apprenticeship with Barclays’ bank. Within six years he has cultivated an award-winning career within the Premier banking team and has worked his way through the CMI-accredited apprenticeship levels. His aim is to become a senior leader and as his manager said on the night: “One day we’ll all be working for Afam.”

Read more: this is why an apprenticeship is the fast track to career success

2. You have to stay working in the sector of your apprenticeship

Linnet Kaymer swapped teaching for a rotational graduate scheme led by Gradunique. With a Level 3 apprenticeship embedded into the scheme, Gradunique's programme lets her rotate through three charitable organisations. Practical experience gleaned from Macmillan Cancer Support and the British Heart Foundation have followed, but – asked what the future holds – Kaymer revealed she might go back into education.

“Teaching was a passion and although I don’t know quite what I’ll do, I know the apprenticeship has given me leadership skills that would help me be an even better teacher.” Watch this space.

3. Apprenticeships are an easy option

If there’s one thing our apprentices agreed on on the night it’s that an apprenticeship is hard work. “You have a full time job, and studying and exams” explained Andrew Anderson. “Your social life takes a hit,” joked Stacey Cooper. All praised the support of their employees who can fund professional development through the Levy.

The rigour of the programmes was said to pay off too. “I’ve never met anyone who regretted doing an apprenticeship,” said Olivia Smith to nods from assembled guests. “But I’ve met a lot of people who have regretted going to university!”

More information on Apprenticeships is available here. For advice, support and young professionals, aspiring managers can now join the Future Leaders Network.

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