When you’re just starting out, any experience in your trade is valuable. So, it can make sense for new trainees to take on a job just to gain experience. This will help you get an apprenticeship later (even if it’s with a different employer).

For example, MPTT trainee Toni Rhind started with a job she hoped would lead to an apprenticeship, but when her boss wasn’t able to give her one, she used the experience she’d gained to get an apprenticeship with another company.

However, you shouldn’t spend an extended period of time in a job that won’t lead to an apprenticeship. As an MPTT trainee you’ll have a coach, called a Navigator, who will give you advice along the way and help you find an apprenticeship.