Why Becoming an Apprentice Might Be the Right Choice for You

There are many benefits to starting a vocational education and becoming an apprentice after two years of school.

As an apprentice, you quickly get to work and start making money already while the training is in progress. If you want a practical course of study where you get early experience from working life, vocational education is an excellent choice.

Benefits of Vocational Training

  • You receive a salary during your education.
  • You get to use both your theoretical and practical skills.
  • The certificate of apprenticeship or journeyman’s letter provides good job prospects in the future.
  • You can build on vocational education to increase your study competence.
  • You get many choices with regards to education.
  • You can further your education and career.

Are You Practical?

Not everyone enjoys theoretical studies as much as some do, and many prefer to use their practical skills. For those of you who are practical and want an active working day, a vocational education program may be the right way to go. This way, the studies are mainly based on practical work and execution, and less on theory, compared to study specialization directions.

Sven Thome, CEO of SmartEmploy, a service in Norway that connects apprentices with businesses, says that people who listen to their instinct regarding education become happier when they start work than those who don’t. If you are more inclined towards practical studies, you shouldn’t brush it off, but rather listen to what your mind and heart are telling you. 

Good Job Prospects

Young people in employment with professional competence are attractive to employers. According to figures from Statistics Norway, in 2035 Norway may be short of 90,000 skilled workers. There is therefore a very great need for this type of competence, both now and in the future. This means that a vocational field of study provides very good job opportunities in the long run. The certificate is the proof of a solid education, which is recognized throughout the country.

Opportunities for Further Education

After you have been an apprentice for two years and received your certificate, you have several alternatives. You can, among other things, further your education at a vocational school, take general study qualifications, or take a master’s certificate.

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to becoming an apprentice. Whether it’s the right choice for you though, will ultimately be up to you to decide. 


Written by Geir Kristiansen

My name is Geir Kristiansen. I have the last 20 years worked in Norways biggest newspapers writing content and creating interview pieces. Writing about pretty much anything that readers find interesting. Now I work freelance! Looking forward to joining Influencive and contributing with high quality content.

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