Typical Business Sectors to Use Apprentices
There are apprenticeships running in over 80 different business sectors so there are a large variety of placements available and hopefully something for everything. Some sectors are more popular than others. This is because they lend themselves better to practical training and also because they generally offer jobs that more people are striving for.
Over half of all the apprenticeships on offer are in just four business sectors. These are: manufacturing, retail, construction and business administration. Media is also a very popular area but as it is very competitive there are usually much less jobs available.
ManufacturingThere are a wide range of placements available in this business sector and they vary greatly. Manufacturing covers all sorts of things including creative sectors like jewellery and ceramics to working in a scientific environment or more practical products such as metals or paper. This sector lends itself well to on the job training as it is difficult to learn the skills that are needed by purely sitting in a classroom.
RetailFor potential apprentices that are good at dealing with people then the retail industry is a good sector to train on. This not only covers working shops but also call centres, procurement and distribution. This is a popular sector as many people already have some experience in retail through part time jobs and want to build on the skills that they have already gained.
ConstructionApprenticeships in construction tend to be very practical and provide hands on skills that are always going to be in demand. Placements can vary in this business sector from positions with small one man bands to large consultancies. This business sector also covers engineering apprenticeships and plumbing and electronics. Apprentices that are practically minded, like to learn how things work and can handle long days and physical work will excel in this sector.
Business AdministrationEvery business across every sector needs administrators to help their companies run smoothly so this apprenticeship is very flexible. Companies may be large or small and already employ apprentices in their businesses. The skills learnt during this will be very transferable and the organisation, teamwork and computer literacy will be able to be used in all the business sectors that are covered by apprenticeships.
MediaThe media sector always seems very glamorous and is a very popular choice. It is true that a lot of the jobs are very interesting but it is also very competitive and hard work. Because of its popularity it can be more difficult to find an apprenticeship in this field. If apprentices are determined though, it is always possible. Placements vary from TV and broadcast positions, to the artistic side of photography or more practical jobs in printing and technology.
The great thing about apprenticeships is that they can work well in any business sector. Some of these are more popular than others, especially ones which lend themselves to practical, on the job training. Often apprentices may have previous experience in an industry so sectors such as retail or administration, where many people work, may capitalise on these skills. Media is also popular but jobs can be a bit harder to come by as it is such a competitive field.