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Try an apprenticeship after your GCSE's

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Today is the big day. Firstly, give yourself a pat on the back for the months of hard work you have put in. Exams can be stressful and you’ve done really well to get your grades.

You might find that you didn’t get the grades you were expecting and today hasn’t gone to plan. Don’t panic. There are many options out there for your next step. You may be able to continue in higher education at your school or local college. It may be that you could take on the world of work for a while and re-sit some of your exams.

One of the options at your disposal is an apprenticeship (No, not the TV series!)

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a chance for you to learn as you earn.  You can gain national qualifications whilst you work. An apprenticeship can take one to four years to complete.

Being in an apprenticeship will help you to learn and experience the working world. Going from school to work can be a big adjustment. Apprenticeships can help you to learn the skills you need to help you to develop your career. By gaining a range of qualifications through an apprenticeship, you can help propel yourself up the career ladder.

You can take part in an apprenticeship at any time of the year. So there are no time limits to when you can start. You will also be entitled to paid holiday. Some apprenticeships are now starting to have UCAS points attached to it. This means that you can gain a technical certificate and you could apply for college or University in the future if you wished to do so.

Apprenticeships can be carried out in a range of industries. So have a think about what skills you would like to learn. Many large companies such as Barclays take in apprenticeships so It’s good to have a look around to see where you can apply.

What types of apprenticeships are there?

There are three types of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GSCE’s
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A-Level’s
  • Higher level – NVQ level 4 or a foundation degree

Where can I find an apprenticeship?

You can find a vacancy and start applying for an apprenticeship here.

Where can I find out more?

The apprenticeships website has a range of help, information and details on what to expect in an apprenticeship. You can find out more here. You can find out more about apprenticeships also with ‘The Apprenticeship Guide’. Find out more here.

Is an apprenticeship right for me?

An apprenticeship isn’t right for everyone. Remember, there are different options available to you after your GCSE’s. It’s not just apprenticeships. You could look at a diploma, volunteering, going into higher education or just dive right into the world of work.

If you’re looking for some careers advice, check out the governments careers website here.