When deciding what career you want to pursue there are so many options out there which can make it feel like an impossible choice. Often students are encouraged to focus on academic routes such as university or further education, rather than learning a skilled trade. However, over time attitudes have changed and apprenticeships have become more popular than ever, in particular skilled trade apprenticeships.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career that utilises a skilled trade, then take a look at why we think it’s an excellent career choice.


Experience while you learn

Learning a skilled trade combines theory and practical, allowing students to simultaneously gain academic knowledge and hands-on experience. That’s why more often than not, the company you gained your practical experience with will often take you on into full-time employment post qualification. If they don’t, you’ll be equipped with a wealth of on-the-job experience gained during your training, making you an attractive hire to many prospective employers. This is something that a lot of graduates’ struggle with once they’ve completed their degree as they lack the experience that employers desire, even when applying for entry level roles.


Earn while you learn

The majority of skilled trade roles offer apprenticeships, so rather than being left with large debts from student loans, you’ll be getting paid while you gain your qualifications. Apprenticeships in the trade industry are competitive, so you’re likely to be on much more than the national minimum wage.


In demand

Roles in the trade industry are in high demand. Following Brexit, people retiring from trades and the increasing population has fueled the housing market to record heights, making the demand for tradespeople greater than ever.



Having a skilled trade provides greater opportunities to become self-employed. This has obvious benefits. You can work the hours that suit you and your personal situation, allowing for a great work-life balance. What’s more, you can decide what jobs you want to take on, who you want to work with, and the locations you want to work in.


Well paid career

Generally speaking, trades professionals in the UK are some of the highest earners – without having to pay back a large student loan from university! The further your skills and knowledge grow, the more you can expect to earn. The majority of trades typically earn more than £30,000 per year.

If you’re a tradesperson looking for a new role and would like to discuss what work we have available, get in touch with our specialist team on 0151 665 0170 and we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.

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