Apprenticeship myth busters

Myth busters

Myth 1: Apprenticeships are only for those who haven’t got the grades for university

Truth: Apprenticeships are just an alternative way to study a degree. You are still studying for a degree at a university, you are also working at the same time to apply your theoretical knowledge straight into the work place. For our apprenticeship programme, the UCAS points entry requirement is the same as the UCAS entry requirement for our graduate programme.

Myth 2: I’ll have to work for free

Truth: An apprenticeship is a proper job and you will be paid, just like any other job. For our apprentices, our starting salary is really competitive. Once you are here, there is a structured salary review process based on your performance.

Myth 3: Apprenticeships in construction are only for the trades, such as plumbers and electricians.

Truth: All of our apprenticeships are for management roles, which reflects the roles that we employ as a main contractor. We have two higher apprenticeship pathways at the moment – quantity surveying and construction project management.

Myth 4: There aren’t any women who do apprenticeships or have jobs in the construction industry.

Truth: At ISG, we care deeply about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and we work hard to make sure our people feel empowered and accepted at ISG. We are committed to supporting equal opportunities in employment and oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, religion, age, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

Individual differences are what make us who we are.

We are committed to providing fully inclusive employment opportunities. We have spoken to a number of women working across our business to tell us their story.

Myth 5: I won’t get a qualification as good as if I went to university.

Truth: All of our higher apprenticeship programmes means you study an undergraduate degree while working. This means you will complete a BSc in your chosen subject. An apprenticeship also means that you work towards recognition with a professional body. All our apprentices work towards chartered membership with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is an industry recognised seal of approval.

Myth 6: I won’t have time to study when I have a job.

Truth: It’s true that working and studying together can be a challenge. However, we will provide you with 20% of your working time for study to help you. This normally equates to a day a week during term time. You will learn to manage your time and prioritise effectively, and we are used to this format of study and work and will support you as you progress. There are also plenty of people at ISG who joined the business this way who can provide you with guidance and tips to succeed.