Your choices at 18
Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship
If you have achieved 5 good GCSES (grades A*-C) and/or good post 16 results you might be interested in looking at doing an Advanced, Higher or Degree (new from 2015)Apprenticeship.
For more information follow this link to the Apprenticeships section.
A level students thinking about Apprenticeships
If you have finished your A Levels you might be considering an Apprenticeship. Read this article which considers university versus Apprenticeships.
An Apprenticeship can be a good route if you want to get training for a specific job sector and be earning at the same time. There are all sorts of opportunities for fantastic Apprenticeships developing all the time.
However, here are a few things you need to consider:
- An Advanced Apprenticeship is a Level 3 qualification, the same level as A Levels. If you do not have the relevant job specific experience you might have to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship, even if you have A Levels - although you might be able to complete it quicker than a 16 year old.
- There are 30+ different job areas now offering Higher Apprenticeships, which are higher education level qualifications (Level 4 +). Employers are asking for A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications as entry requirements. Search for vacancies online and by looking at companies' websites or making speculative applications. The National Apprenticeship vacancy service is one place to look.
- Although the number of Higher Apprenticeships is growing and over 40 sector now offer these, not all sectors do offer these qualifications so make sure you check what is available in your chosen sector.
- Higher Apprenticeship opportunities are likely to be highly competitive!
- Up to 15,000 Apprenticeships vacancies in over 1,400 job roles will be available to students getting their exam results this summer, according to new data from the National Apprenticeship Service.
- Last year, there were 3,700 Higher Level Apprenticeships available (up by 67.6% on the previous year).
- From September 2015 the government is introducing new Degree Apprenticeships. These have been designed by employers and universities. /404Find out more.