With results day just around the corner many students are still unsure what path to take next. If you have recently finished college and are unsure what you would like to do, whether it be progress onto University, or you’re generally unsure what to do for a career – an apprenticeship might be just the thing for you!
With the majority of college leavers choosing an apprenticeship either before attending University or instead of attending, or because they’d like to get into work straight away it is an ideal path to go down. Earn while you learn and gain valuable skills and qualifications to help you in the future.
You are not expected to know what you want to do for a career at 16, 17, and 18, which is why an Apprenticeship is sought out.
If you think you are interested in an apprenticeship, let us discuss why you’re making the right choice:
Earn while you learn –Apprentices have the opportunity to earn money whilst they are learning skills and expertise in a certain industry, working alongside experienced employees.
No debt worries – Another attractive feature that is swaying students to choose an apprenticeship is the fact there are no debt worries. A source from a Guardian article has stated that students who started university in 2012 could potentially face a debt of £60,000. There are no tuition fees that will need to be paid.
Guidance – One of the benefits of apprenticeships is the guidance that each student receives; at Creative Alliance, each apprentice has an advisor that can offer them assistance with their assignments and working towards their qualifications through frequent visitations.
CV & Experience – Candidates are able to build up their CV as well as gain some experience in a working environment. Apprentices are entitled to all of the perks of working a regular job such as getting paid holidays, learning job-specific skills, training, and earning an income.
Relevant qualifications – Apprenticeships are fast becoming recognised as superior for any work-based training. With over 80,000 employers offering apprenticeships in over 100,000 locations, in the UK alone.
Choosing the right apprenticeship for you.
It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make, and getting it right will kickstart your career. So if you’re thinking of taking on an apprenticeship, here are some tips from us to help you decide which is right for you.
Step one – Why do you want to do an apprenticeship? Have you considered all the possible different pathways you could take? How much do you know about apprenticeships, the qualifications you can gain, the assessment methods, what’s involved, and the different levels available? Are you ready for work? Can you manage and balance the demands of work and study? What are the advantages of this pathway for you at this stage? What are the possible disadvantages? Take a look at the pros and cons of apprenticeships.
Step two – Do you have a particular career or sector in mind? Top tip: Consider using an online careers guide to help you identify possible careers/job families that match your interests. No computer programme can tell you what you career you should or shouldn’t be doing, but they can be a helpful starting point for your research, and a good basis of a discussion with a careers adviser.
Step three – Search for and compare vacancies Start by finding two or three vacancies for the kind of job roles and apprenticeships you’re interested in http://www.sreducation.co.uk/apprentices/apply-now/ Research and check out the employer’s website for any details and information you want. Remember, you can contact the employer and university, college, or training provider to ask any questions you might have. Yes – It would be useful to research your ideas further. You can find information about different careers on ucas.com, or job profile sections of your national careers website. Pay close attention to the entry requirements – is an apprenticeship a valid pathway into the career you’re interested in? No – If you’re not sure what you want to do longer term, you should think carefully about whether an apprenticeship is the right option for you. Apprenticeships are designed to provide a route into a specific career or sector, and so potentially can narrow your future options more than other pathways. Find out more about higher education and other post-18 options.
Step four – Get advice Now you can narrow down your choices, but before you apply, it is really important to discuss your ideas further with teachers, parents, and a careers adviser. Call the helpline number or visit the website for the region of the UK you live in:
- England – National Careers Service – 0800 100 900
- Wales – Careers Wales – 0800 028 4844
- Scotland – My World of Work – 0800 917 8000
- Northern Ireland – Northern Ireland Careers – 0300 200 7820
Step five – Time to apply! There are no fixed deadlines for apprenticeships, and vacancies can occur throughout the year – although larger firms tend to recruit from September. When you search for apprenticeships, each vacancy will specify how you need to apply. Remember to check any apprenticeship start dates to make sure you are going to be available if you haven’t finished at sixth form or college yet.
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