The Benefits of Apprenticeships Vs University.

6th September 2023

When it comes to choosing a career path , the decision between starting an apprenticeship or going to university can be a challenging one. Both options have their merits, but in recent years, apprenticeships have gained significant recognition for the valuable opportunities they offer. At Steve Willis Training Centres we explore the benefits of starting an apprenticeship, particularly in the gas and electrical industry. We are proud to offer apprenticeships for gas and electrical training, including the new Heating and Renewable Apprenticeship Standard. Let us delve into the advantages of embarking on an apprenticeship journey.

1. Hands-on Experience: 

One of the key advantages of an apprenticeship is the hands-on experience they provide. Unlike traditional university education, apprenticeships allow individuals to learn and apply their skills directly in a practical setting. At Steve Willis Training, our apprentices gain real-world experience, working alongside experienced professionals in the field. This hands-on approach not only enhances technical skills but also fosters problem-solving abilities and builds confidence.

2. Earn While You Learn:

Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity to earn a wage while gaining valuable skills and knowledge. Unlike university education, where students often accumulate significant debt, apprenticeships provide a steady income from day one. This financial stability allows apprentices to support themselves and gain independence early on in their careers.

3. Industry-Relevant Qualifications:

Apprenticeships focus on providing industry-specific qualifications that are highly valued by employers. At Steve Willis Training Centres, our gas apprenticeship programme now offers the added benefit of receiving a Heat Pump Green Technologies design, installation, and service qualification free of charge on completion of their apprenticeship. This additional  certification equips apprentices with the skills needed to excel in the evolving field of renewable energy. By obtaining these industry-relevant qualifications, apprentices increase their employability and open doors to a wide range of career opportunities.

4. Career Progression and Earning Potential:

Apprenticeships provide a clear pathway for career progression. As apprentices gain experience and complete their training, they can advance to higher levels within their chosen field, whether it be electrical or gas training. In the gas engineering industry for example, apprentices have the potential to earn over £40K per annum. This earning potential, combined with continuous professional development opportunities, ensures a rewarding and prosperous career.

5. Support and Development:

At Steve Willis Training, we understand that school leavers are the future of our industry. We are committed to supporting and developing the next generation of gas and electrical engineers.  Our apprenticeship programmes provide comprehensive support, including mentorship, guidance, and access to high-quality facilities. We believe in nurturing talent and empowering apprentices to reach their full potential.

At our centres in Burgess Hill and Portchester we are proud to announce the continuous growth of our apprenticeship programme. As we enter September 2023, we are thrilled to welcome a staggering 182 new apprentices to our training centres. With eight electrical classes and five gas classes spread across both locations, we are committed to providing top-notch training and support to aspiring young people. This influx of apprentices is a testament to the quality of education and opportunities we offer, and we are excited to see them thrive and contribute to their respective industries.

Starting an apprenticeship in the gas and electrical industry offers numerous benefits compared to traditional university education. The hands-on experience, earning potential, industry-relevant qualifications, and ongoing support make apprenticeships an attractive option for those seeking a rewarding and successful career. At Steve Willis Training, we are dedicated to providing high-quality apprenticeships that equip individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the industry. Join us on this exciting journey and pave the way for a prosperous future as either a gas engineer or an electrical engineer. 


  • BPEC
  • City & Guilds
  • Apprenticeships

  • Career Transition Partnership
  • ELC
  • ERS
  • European Social Fund
  • Matrix