Results week – how did you do? What next? 21st August.
So, last week we had A-Level results and this week its GCSEs. How did you get on or how do think you’re going to do?
If you got your A Level results and didn’t get what you expected to go onto higher education, don’t be left disappointed or in despair. You can, of course, go through clearing. Clearing is how unis and colleges fill any places they still have on their courses. It's an ideal way for you to find another course. You find courses (with vacancies) that interest you, and contact universities or colleges directly, to see if they will offer you a place. We hope that if this is the case you’re already onto it looking at what spaces are left on what courses across the country, but if you’ve taken a few days to get over a shock, then there is a really useful guide by The Telegraph and you will need to follow the official UCAS guidance.
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BUT, what about the opportunity to gain some high level qualifications, earn a wage, get ahead of your peers and get some hands on industry or commercial experience? An apprenticeship is a debt free education - a degree alone does not guarantee a high salary. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than a quarter of graduates in 2015 were paid less than the £11.10 an hour average for those on work-based training schemes. More recently, the Sutton Trust found that people who had completed level five apprenticeships (equivalent to a foundation degree) were expected to earn £52,000 more over their lifetimes than graduates from non elite unis.
Although vocational degrees are on the rise, university study is primarily focused on education and research. Following a theory-based approach you'll learn about your subject through lectures, seminars and workshops, and graduate with a Bachelors degree. You'll then head out into the world of work to test your knowledge and put into practice what you've learned.
Apprenticeships appeal to those looking for alternatives to university as they take a more practical approach to learning. You will focus on training for a specific profession and career and learn your trade by actually doing the job AND earn a wage at the same time.
You'll gain hands-on experience and have the opportunity to apply your skills immediately. On completion you could hold an NVQ, HNC or HND, while higher apprenticeships can lead to a foundation degree and degree apprenticeships can result in a full honours degree.
At Jobs4Teens we have loads of apprenticeships listed on our jobs search page where you can filter down by jobs type such as part time weekend work, seasonal jobs and apprenticeships. But if you cant find what you’re looking for then the National Apprenticeship Service vacancy search should be your next step. You can filter down, search or browse by industry/sector, apprenticeship level and type and register for alerts.
Prospects have some really useful information and advice for those of you thinking about an apprenticeship post A Level. Read some of their case studies and find out a little more about Edward who works as an apprentice for Redrow Homes. Edward says, “An apprenticeship is a fool-proof way of gaining qualifications and knowledge while getting paid to do a job. A good quality apprenticeship is worth every second of your time and can even fund your aspirations of university study.
The best advice I can give to anyone working towards an apprenticeship is to stick at it, after a few years, who knows where it will lead?”
On Friday this week, we will be looking at apprenticeships for school leavers post GCSE. If you have any questions in the meantime, you can drop us a line.