What will it cost?
You will earn a decent wage from day one.
TTS is funded by the Department for Employment and Learning for apprenticeship training for 16 – 24 year olds.
What support will I receive?
TTS is consistently praised for its support of young people. This includes attendance at an initial assessment event so that only those with the enthusiasm and ability to succeed are accepted in the first instance.
A designated training officer from TTS is attached to each combination of apprentice and employer, so progress is maintained and any issues resolved quickly. Timely completion is important to any learner so regular feedback on progress and the scope to match learning off-the-job with application in the work place is important and requires monitoring. Proof of the quality of support available is the large number of employers who themselves came through an apprenticeship with TTS and want a similar, quality experience for the staff they employ.
Future Career and Job prospects?
There are no certainties in life and so much is down to the skill and commitment of us all as individuals. However, numerous independent commentators see that there are likely to be skill shortages in work within the Transport industry.
Currently we in Northern Ireland are not training sufficient apprentices to meet expected demand, which is good for qualified people as it means greater job security and better personal returns for respected professionals. Additional impetus for careers in the industries is the growing importance of new technologies, driven by a combination of fuel prices and our international obligations in meeting environmental targets.
Much-valued Automotive Technicians will always be in demand.
Apprenticeship or University?
Full time higher education suits some people better than others, but apprenticeships are not an either or option. A fully qualified TTS apprentice will have an award equal to 2.5 A levels and the scope to go on to further study is not removed. Where TTS apprentices go on to higher education, they are able to bring real and meaningful experience to their future work within design and management roles, often more so than those who pursue a purely academic route. Increasingly in economically uncertain times young people have to think about career choices and options much earlier that in previous generations and preparedness for life on a financially rewarding viable career path is in no way a second choice option. Both employers and Government take this view, as demonstrated by the increasingly large sums of money being made available to support young people in choosing the right apprenticeship.
Skills and Qualifications required?
The biggest asset is enthusiasm. Whilst it is essential to have learning and qualifications in English, Maths or Science (with 5 GCSE at Grade C or above being a good target) it is important to have an interest in the career. Often these subjects can also be covered on an Essential Skills element that frequently puts learning in the context of the job. An apprenticeship requires a young person being employed.
Many apprentices are able to find their own employer but others use a matching service provided by TTS that brings together potential new recruits with employers who have suitable vacancies.