National Apprenticeship Week: 4 apprenticeships for those who take the path-less-travelled

Happy National Apprenticeship Week, boys and girls! Every day this week we’ll be talking about and helping everyone out there who is thinking about getting into the world of apprenticeships.

These days, as university fees sky-rocket and the job-market tightens, apprenticeships are becoming more and more valued so get involved while you can!

Today we’re going to be examining some apprenticeships that you might not have thought of considering. Industries like engineering, food and drink and IT are the common placements for apprenticeships but if none of those appeal to you, don’t feel as if you have to settle – just do a bit more research.

Here are four more unconventional routes you could go down as an apprentice. This piece is dedicated to the ‘path-less-travelled’ people out there!

1. Tattoo Artist

In their National Apprenticeship Week piece, The Guardian highlighted Nancy Steiner, a 20 year old apprentice in Suffolk that works as at a tattoo parlour. At the beginning she was just an admin assistant but now has her own bookings and developed art style. This could be you!

2. Child’s Entertainer

Total Jobs tell the story of ‘Adam’ who went into an apprenticeship as a child’s entertainer. We’ll skip on the Clown College jokes for now because his decision comes with a sweet story about seeing an entertainer perform for his youngest sister and feeling inspired.

3. Mortician 

This apprenticeship is less about the gruesome and morbid as it is about comforting bereaved families. A mortician is an essential part of the funeral process and there are creative elements to making a person’s last ‘appearance’ dignified and respectful.

4. Taxidermist

For any anatomy and history buffs out there, an apprenticeship in taxidermy might be a perfect fit. Total Jobs spoke to ‘Ryan’ who quit his animal care course to into a taxidermy apprenticeship. For him, the fascination comes with the historical accuracy that you have to adhere by when preparing an animal for an exhibition.