The Apprenticeship Support by Be More Summer Roadshow across the Liverpool City Region has been busting myths about apprenticeships.

This Summer, the Apprenticeship Support by Be More Team took to the road to talk to as many residents across the Liverpool City Region as they could meet. “This was a brilliant opportunity to talk to a wide range of residents that we have not spoken to before with pop up stands at community venues from leisure centres to libraries and community centres,” explained Anthony Hamer, Be More Skills Broker.

 

While Antony met hundreds of residents from across the Liverpool City Region and answered many different questions, two common myths about apprenticeships kept being presented and completely busted. “I was surprised to find so many people who thought that apprenticeships were just for young people. A high proportion of people I met that were over 40 told me they thought they were too old for an apprenticeship. It was their turn to be surprised when I explained about how apprenticeships could provide the skills for them to change careers or upskill to new roles in their company. Many companies today use apprenticeships for succession planning and to plug skill gaps,” said Anthony.

The other big myth was that apprenticeships are not a job and are poorly paid. “I spoke to one lady who called her grandchild who was looking for a job. They didn’t realise that an apprenticeship was a job, but with training. I pointed them to the Be More Website to look at apprenticeships in the leisure industry as they fancied a career as a personal trainer,” recalls Anthony.

“In one of our roadshow events at Widnes library I met someone who was out of work and not considering apprenticeship as he believed they were poorly paid. A former taxi driver, he loved to drive. When I directed him to the Be More site he could see the apprenticeship opportunities to be a light goods vehicle driver, moving on to become an HGV driver. He became very interested when he realise the apprenticeship paid £25,000 rising to £35,000 when he got his HGV licence,” commented Anthony.

If you would like further information on apprenticeships and how to apply for them, talk to the Apprenticeship Support by Be More Team. The team is funded by the European Social Fund & LCR Strategic Investment Fund and provides impartial information and advice on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region.