Apprenticeships are now bigger than ever, with more individuals opting for life as an apprentice over college or university. Even some celebrities took an apprenticeship to begin their careers. Here are a few:
Sir Ian McKellen
The Hobbit Actor, Sir Ian Mckellen, started his career as an apprentice. He completed a three-year acting apprenticeship with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. It payed off, as McKellen has become one of the most famous actors in British history!
That’s right – celebrity hair stylist John Frieda started off as an apprentice too! His career began as a hairdresser’s apprentice before moving on to celebrity hairstyling & launching his own range, which sell worldwide.
In 1954, Elvis Presley started an apprentice working for Crown Electric in Memphis. If his singing career didn’t take off, his plan was to become an electrician! Fortunately, it didn’t take long before he was recognised for his great singing voice he is famously known for today.
Ozzy Osbourne, one of the world’s richest ex-apprentices, left school aged 15 to become an apprentice toolmaker.
Stella McCartney began her career as an apprentice on Savile Row whilst she studied as a fashion student. She learned some valuable skills, such as the traditions of fine tailoring. McCartney then went on to become a successful fashion designer and house-hold name.
After leaving school aged 16, Lee Alexander McQueen was offered an apprenticeship at the traditional Savile Row tailors, Anderson and Shephard. Here, he learned the impeccable tailoring that would later define his career. He then went on to complete his master’s degree in fashion design. Famously, his entire degree collection was bought by influential stylist Isabella Blow.
Are you considering an apprenticeship? They can provide you with valuable skills in life that will allow you to progress further into your career. Here are some great apprenticeship facts:
There were 1,656,680 on-line apprenticeship applications in 2015 to 2016.
Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries, from advertising to youth work and from environmental engineering to legal.
270 apprenticeship standards have been published so far, of which over 84 are higher and degree apprenticeships.
Approximately 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver – including 75% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
89% of apprentices were happy with their apprenticeship.