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It is only two weeks until year 11 students across the country receive their GCSE results! A day that determines the pathway you will choose to take for the next few years 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 GCSE’s with A’s and B’s, the equivalent of 7’s and 6’s to this years’ grading scheme.

When I was at school, apprenticeships were never on the agenda, you would only do a vocational qualification if you were not achieving academically. So, I was pushed on to do my A Levels at a local Sixth Form college. However, this is no longer the case!

Over the past few years there has been a massive push to get year 11 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? Do you enjoy playing sports? You can do an apprenticeship in almost any area.

Start by searching the things that you enjoy doing. You will be amazed at the types of Intermediate Apprenticeship you could get involved with. Then go on to the 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 the benefits of doing an apprenticeship:

  • There is always variety in what you learn
  • You get paid to learn (at least £130 per week)
  • 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 Degree Level if you want to – so you won’t miss out on a degree!

If you still aren’t sure about whether to do an apprenticeship, or to go on to Sixth Form College, that is OK! There is nothing stopping you from completing your A Levels, and then taking the apprenticeship pathway. The only difference is, instead of doing an Intermediate Apprenticeship, you could start on an Advanced, Higher, or Degree Apprenticeship.

To find out more about the level of apprenticeship you could do, visit

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