When deciding to enrol on a training course offered by private training colleges, such as Access Training, some might feel suspicious - after all, how can a trade, something traditionally considered to require years of experience, be taught to a high enough standard in only a matter of weeks?

At first glance, it certainly seems implausible, but when you take a closer look into what the old-style apprenticeship process actually consists of, you might be more inclined to think otherwise.

Five Reasons Why You Should Choose a Fast-Track Course

It Takes Less Time

It might go without saying, but a fast-track course takes far less time than an apprenticeship and the advantage of this is phenomenal.

Not only does it save several years of valuable time and money, but it also means that you can begin working and earning much sooner than other, longer training courses. 

In the time it takes to complete a full apprenticeship, you could earn back the investment you made for a private training course ten times over with Access Training. 

It Produces Better Results

The feedback we receive from companies who employ most of our students are largely supportive of the fast-track system. They claim that students trained on fast-track systems retain more information than those who have been training in apprenticeships for years.

Our students become excited, enthused and more motivated by their quick development on the fast-track course and are able to capitalise on this, increasing their chances of employability. However, those who have spent years as apprentices can become less enthusiastic and driven about their occupation.

In other words, you’re more likely to still want to do the job after a fast-track course than an apprenticeship.

It Involves Intensive Learning

Back in the old days of apprenticeships, the main style of learning was through observation, and very little else. For example, an aspiring plumber would have to spend a few hours a week following a qualified plumber from job to job, usually doing menial tasks - like making tea and carrying tools.

Old style apprenticeships often took years as the majority of time was spent shadowing the qualified worker and learning about the trade very slowly, not by experience or practice.

A fast-track course constantly involves learning about theory and is very hands-on, so that the skills you learn are put into immediate practice.

In a week, every single day on any trades course would be entirely dedicated to learning everything you need to know about that particular trade, instead of it being slowly drip-fed to you over a number of years.

 

The Teacher’s Focus is on You

In a typical apprenticeship scenario, the professional worker will most likely be focusing very little on the young aspiring apprentice looking keenly over his or her shoulder. Rather, he or she will be concentrating on the job at hand, wanting it to be done to a high standard and in the shortest time possible.

As a professional who might have years of experience in the trade, any questions the apprentice would have might seem tedious and are likely to be either ignored or not answered in full. As a result, very little is actually learnt.

However, in a private college, the tutors’ jobs require them to do exactly the opposite: to ensure that the students are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills they need in order to become skilled professionals. They are patient with newcomers, willing to fully explain theories and ready to take time to demonstrate procedures.

It’s no surprise that apprenticeships take so long to complete - the difference is enormous.

It Can Still Provide ‘On-Site Experience’

One possible argument to be made against fast-track courses is that they don’t provide ‘on-site experience’ in the same way that apprenticeships can.

However, this can only be a good thing - on-site experience of the kind provided by apprenticeships still involves little or no practical or theory training, and is, in essence, quite useless - one might as well pay a visit to a construction site and watch the builders working.

However, as a privately funded company, Access Training has the necessary resources to provide excellent facilities, designed to simulate real working environments. Bathrooms, radiators, boilers and walls, are among an abundance of home appliances and structures you will be practicing on during your course, in which the skills you learn can be put to immediate good use and be quickly developed as a result.

This style of teaching creates an effective fusion between having practical experience and essential knowledge.

Although apprenticeships are still considered as being the best step on the route to a traditional working life, they are becoming increasingly a thing of the past: an inefficient, rusting machine in a new age of development.

A fast-track course is the best way to ensure workers are enthusiastic and well skilled professionals by the end of their course. If you're interested in changing your career, or want to learn new skills within the trade, enquire about a fast-track course at Access Training today or call us on 0800 345 7492. With the help from our professional course advisers, you will be guided in the right direction.

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