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GCSE Results– Is an Apprenticeship your next step?

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

After GCSEs you have several options including; continuing to study full time, work or volunteer while studying part-time or choose to train while you work by taking on an apprenticeship.

We will be taking a closer look at what you can expect from following the apprenticeship route.

Apprenticeships allow you to earn while learning in a real job, gaining a real qualification and real work experience.

As an Apprentice you start immediately in the workplace to gain experience and skills direct from existing knowledgeable staff. This enables you to acquire specific skills that relate directly to your work environment and industry.

You will earn a wage and have the same employment rights as full employees, including paid holiday. Although the apprentice minimum wage may be quite low, currently £3.70 per hour, a lot of companies will pay above this rate. The apprentice minimum wage applies to all age groups in the first year but as you enter the second year if you are aged 19 or over you will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage for your age.

There are generally four levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (equivalent to five GCSE passes)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A Level passes)
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships (can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree)
  • Degree Level Apprenticeships (achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree)

Apprenticeships are ideal if you prefer to study through more practical learning, they normally include a Training Assessor visiting you in the workplace and/or day release at college/training centres. The method of learning differs dependant on the apprenticeship type and level.

Apprenticeships cover a wide variety of sectors and include: Creative and Media, Business Administration, Accounting, Agriculture, Animal Care, Engineering, IT, Healthcare, Education, Retail and Sales, Transport and Logistics, Sports…

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