It is only one week until year 13 students across the country receive their A Level results! A day that potentially determines the pathway you will choose to take for the rest of your life. A pretty daunting day for many young people, and I remember it well!
Whether you do better than you had hoped, or not as well as you had hoped, know that either way you are in the perfect position to start on the apprenticeship pathway. I came away from my A Level’s with two B’s, two C’s, and a D.
When I was at college, apprenticeships were only loosely discussed during a couple of careers lessons, but university always came first. Even if you knew you were not going to university, you still had to fill in a UCAS application form. But I knew that university was not the place for me. Mainly because I didn’t think I would get the grades, and also because tuition fees were being raised and I did not want to be paying that loan back for the rest of my life!
Over the past few years there has been a massive push to get year 12 and 13 students interested in choosing the apprenticeship pathway. There is no time like the present to take a look into this option. My advice to you is, have a think about what you enjoy. Are you a problem solver? Are you interested in art or creative writing? If you are planning on going to university, what are you planning on studying? I bet whatever you enjoy, or plan on doing, you can do an apprenticeship in that area.
Start by searching the things that you enjoy, or plan on doing. You will be amazed at the types of Advanced, Higher, and Degree Apprenticeship you could get involved with. Then go on to the www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship website. There you can search for apprenticeships near you. Try to make the search as broad as possible – you never know what might jump out at you.
For those of you who are still not sure about whether an apprenticeship is right for you, take a look at a handful of the benefits of doing an apprenticeship:
- Learning is free – even at degree level
- There is always variety in what you learn
- You get paid to learn (at least £130 per week) and it jumps up quickly!
- You are gaining work experience from day one
- You finish your apprenticeship with at least one nationally recognised qualification
- You can continue your studies in an apprenticeship, all the way to Master Degree Level if you want to – so you won’t miss out on a Masters!
I completed my apprenticeship in Design Engineering, and I am now a Project Engineer at Southco Manufacturing Ltd. Just because you start on one pathway, does not mean you will stay on that pathway for the rest of your career. It is up to you to make of it what you will. The first step is always the hardest. An apprenticeship is by no means easy, but when you complete it, you will be in a far better position to make the right choices for you.
If you still aren’t sure about whether to do an apprenticeship, or to go on to University, that is OK! There is nothing stopping you from either trying out, or completing your degree, and then taking the apprenticeship pathway. The only difference is, instead of doing an Advanced, Higher, or Degree Apprenticeship, when you finish your degree, you could go on to complete a Masters Apprenticeship.
To find out more about the level of apprenticeship you could do, visit www.getingofar.gov.uk
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