The law now states that you must be in education until you are aged-18. Traditionally, this meant going to sixth-form to study A-Levels in a classroom based learning environment. Now, students are choosing to do an apprenticeship where they can study a qualification while working with an employer and earning a wage. There’s a variety of options available to you ranging from working solely on a qualification or being employed while learning. Your options include college, traineeships and apprenticeships.
An apprenticeship is a programme which combines the mixture of full-time employment with learning. You’ll study a qualification while working for an employer doing a job. You’ll have a job title and will do a set of tasks that will allow you to gain practical experience and a set of skills you can take with you throughout your career.
If you’re interested in doing an apprenticeship but feel like you don’t have the right qualifications, experience or confidence to move into an apprenticeship role, our traineeship programme will help you to do exactly that. We’ll work with you to help you gain experience in your chosen sector of work. For example, if you wanted to become a vet we would find you a placement that involves working with animals to help you gain the foundation skills of a Veterinarian. You’ll also gain your English and Maths qualifications (if you don’t already have them), and take part in employability sessions where you’ll practise your interview skills, updating your CV and much more.
If you don’t like the sound of working after leaving school, there is an option to go to college and study a variety of A-Levels. College is like school, where you’ll be taught in a classroom alongside students and have a timetable of classes. You can also study BTEC qualifications at certain colleges which may be more hands-on, for example engineering or textiles. These A-Levels and BTEC qualifications will allow you to build up your UCAS points to go to university and study a degree relating to your career aspirations. For example, if you wanted to work in Journalism, you might choose to study a Journalism Degree.
If you’re considering doing an apprenticeship or traineeship, get in touch with us today and we will discuss our opportunities with you.