Okay, have a good look at their expressions…. few look hopeful, but the majority are probably feeling helpless.
Why you ask? It’s their future they’re thinking about and these days it’s tough for young people. Some want what they cannot have, which is the dream of doing what they want to do in life and their career. Times have changed and for young people there are 3 options…
1) Apply to a university to gain a recognised degree and accept the fact that you’ll be in debt for up to £45,000 (bearing in mind that university fees have more than doubled in 10 years and parents who thought they were prepared have suddenly become unprepared)
2) Get a job and work hard in your chosen sector with the hope that you’ll get a promotion
3) Consider an Apprenticeship, where you get paid AND achieve recognised qualifications
You’re probably thinking…. HELLOOOO option 3 please, but surprisingly there is still a stigma attached to apprenticeships for some.
In the past, apprenticeships were known best for construction related jobs and those who were not able to achieve university grades. It’s not so any more. Apprenticeships have developed immensely over the past 5 years to cover areas of study such as; IT, Business Admin, Social Media and Healthcare (to name a few). Of course there is still high demand for construction related apprentices because the “hands-on” approach is quite necessary in that sector.
What you may not know is that in order to become an apprentice, you also need to achieve a certain educational standard in Math and English. Training providers or further education bodies assess students, to ensure that they are capable of embarking in a study programme. (by capable I mean determining the individuals learning level and/or enlisting additional support if needed.)
Now some school leaver’s may not have scored well in school for one reason or another, but I can tell you from personal experience that those who test outside of the school environment often do better. This is due to the potential reward gained from their results. (A paid work placement and hope for the future)
I’ll agree that there are careers that demand a degree, so I’ll leave them to it but there are so many positive reasons for choosing an apprenticeship option:
1) Earn while you learn
2) A foot in the door with a good company
3) Qualifications that are nationally recognised and transferable
4) No debt when you’ve achieved your level of qualification
5) It’s a great stepping stone for your future and it show’s other employers that you have commitment
For employers, it’s a great option to have a keen young person that you can not only mould to your company’s service standards, but it also increases morale for your other staff who take the apprentice under their wing.
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