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Apprenticeships - do employers use them for the right reasons?


Active Member
Firstly, I'm not going to go into too much detail in this thread for certain reasons.

So, apprentices cost barely anything to employers, if anything they're getting funding from this - so it's no surprise there are a high demand for apprentices. In most sectors, mine especially (business and admin),after a few months you're doing the job as good as something who's employed full time would do - which will obviously delight the employer.

I'm personally sick of seeing employers hiring apprentices for cheap labour, with no intentions of keeping them on full-time afterwards, especially if they've done a lot for the company. It sickens me to think that some companies use apprentices as "cheap labour" instead of trying to give them a career.

I know of companies who make apprentices redundant, then hire another apprentice in that role 3 months later, sorry to come out so opinionated, but it's physically sickening - then they wonder why young people don't work and stay in education!

What's everyone's view on this?


New Member
Hey Ryan

I agree that the employer will see this as cheap labour but it is just that for them. Now i totally agree with you in that when you have done your apprentice for a few months you are just as good as the next person but you can just finish the apprentice and move on to a full time job. For me i wouldn't want to stay at the same place as where i did my apprentice as people will always look down at you.

I would just move on >>>


Active Member
I never really looked at it like that, but I do agree that they may look down on you if you stay there - it all depends on what type of company you're working for :)