Thinking of a career change? Try an apprenticeship

Thinking of a career change? Try an apprenticeship

19/10/2016 - by Huw Waters

With close to half the UK population wanting a career change, an apprenticeship could be just the right thing...

Thinking of a career change? Try an apprenticeship

Time for a career change?

The London School of Business & Finance published a study last year with a pretty remarkable statistic – 47% of employed people in the UK want a career change.

Yes, you read that right. Close to half of us in the UK don’t like what we do for a living and would like to change it.

Breaking that down further, the report discovered that in the millennial age-group 66% of people aren’t satisfied at work and want to change career.


The backdrop to all this of course is that most people are afraid to leave their careers, fearing a drop in salary and financial circumstances, having to start from the bottom again, and ultimately they just aren’t sure how to take the necessary steps to make the change. There is often also no clear path to starting in a new career which would allow you to earn while you learn, and little information on what any course or programme might lead to.

Time to say hello to apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have traditionally been viewed as career programmes for entry-level young people with little or no qualifications that just cover manual, field-based roles. But that’s just not the case anymore.

Apprenticeships are regulated programmes lasting at least 12 months, and they are now available in a wide range of industry sectors. They are open to people of any age — both existing employees and new recruits.

The technical and professional disciplines on offer range from entry-level qualifications all the way through to degree-level, and the new employer-designed apprenticeship standards – a piece of paper that shows what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them, by job role – mean that any organisation in any field of work can implement an apprenticeship programme that really fits the roles in their business.

Apprenticeships can be found in areas such as:

  • Compliance / legal
  • Customer support
  • Finance / actuarial
  • HR / facilities
  • IT
  • Management
  • Sales and marketing

Or even:

  • Aerospace
  • Boatbuilding
  • Dental health
  • Geology
  • Horticulture
  • Media
  • Security
  • And many more...

The opportunity also exists for companies to match an apprenticeship to their existing learning and development activity, for example for roles within:

  • Compliance and risk
  • Customer service
  • Pensions administration
  • Credit control, payroll, and accountancy
  • Recruitment consultancy and HR support
  • Project management, data analysis, software testing, and network engineering
  • Public relations
  • Team leadership
  • Operations
  • Digital marketing
  • Bid coordination

This could mean that you may not necessarily have to leave a company you love working for, but just ask your HR function about the possibility of doing an apprenticeship in a subject you want to move into.

An apprenticeship won’t be right for everyone, but with the range of options available, and a qualification to be gained at the end of it, you’d be daft not to look into one. It may just be the best career move you’ll ever make!



Capita apprenticeships

Capita runs successful apprenticeship programmes for customers including the Civil Service, Barclays, and HSBC.

If your company doesn’t have an apprenticeship scheme, and you’d like them to have one to help your career change, ask your HR / L&D team to get in touch with us at