As many students will be sitting their exams in the coming months, many will have given thought to the options available to them after GCSE and A Levels. In recent years apprenticeships have grown in popularity and are offered at a number of levels from Level 2 (GCSE), Level 3 (A Level) and advanced level apprenticeships which are degree level. The opportunities are endless from completing an apprenticeship in construction and engineering through to some more unique opportunities from legal services, banking and engineering, which for many a university degree was viewed as the preferred option to get into these professions.
There really isn’t a better time start an apprenticeship with many of the national employers offering work experience, traineeships (stepping stone to an apprenticeship) and apprenticeships to give a young person really valuable opportunities and that all important step on the career ladder. According to the Skills Funding Agency (2016) there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time. The opportunities are vast with 1500 job roles across 170 industries.
After completing an apprenticeship, the vast majority of apprentices (90%) will remain in employment and 71% will stay with the same employer. There are also options after the apprenticeship has been completed to go onto university. I certainly think we will see an increase in apprenticeships and the opportunities available increasing over the coming years.
You will earn while you learn
Whilst studying for industry recognised qualifications apprentices will be paid a wage and annual leave entitlement. Depending on the nature of the apprenticeship typically apprentices will attend college for 1 day a week with the remainder of the time in the workplace.
Developed valuable skills and work experience
There really is no better substitute for work experience. Apprentices will be developing skills in the work place, applying theory, gaining job specific skills and working alongside experienced team members.
You can still go onto University
Once the apprenticeship has been completed, there are always plenty of opportunities to remain with that employer, look for alternative positions and go to university. There are also more opportunities to do a higher apprenticeship which would lead to an undergraduate degree. The real benefits here is that you will work and study for a degree which is funded by the employer, which means leaving university without the debt and having a employer lined up once this is completed.
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