School’s out for summer, but have you thought about what’s next in terms of education and finding employment?
For some, staying on at their school’s sixth form may be the easy choice, for others they may decide to study their A Levels or a hands-on vocational course at the college.
There is however another route in to education which is becomingly increasingly popular amongst young people. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and living in the UK.
Apprenticeships are available across a number of industry sectors. You could choose to go into business and administration, hair and beauty, health and care, hospitality and cookery, retail and more.
Apprenticeships are currently undergoing a shake-up with the introduction of ‘apprenticeship standards’ which have been created to ensure apprentices across each industry sector are gaining the vital skills employers are looking for.
So apart from gaining relevant skills – what else makes apprenticeships so worthwhile to young people?
Well for a start you’ll earn a weekly wage. The average apprenticeship wage is £3.50 per hour, but man employers choose to pay their apprentices more than this. Whatever you’re earning – you’re avoiding tuition fees and are getting paid to do something you love – which can only be a bonus.
Next, you’re treated just like any other employee at the company you’re placed with on your apprenticeship – so you’ll be entitled to any staff perks or holiday entitlement too. Apprentices are also tasked with real responsibilities and real work – you won’t just be ‘making the teas’.
You’ll be surrounded by people who have been there, seen it and done that – which means you’ll be able to learn so much more about the industry you want to work in, than if you were to stay on the traditional route.
Being in the workplace will open so many doors, and you’ll be able to make important connections which may come in handy in the future. You’ll also be pleased to find out that 7 out of 10 apprentices stay with the employer they undertook their apprenticeship with upon completion (although this is at the discretion of each employer).
Apprenticeships also go up to university-level, so you still have the potential to earn a degree, but with the relevant work experience alongside it – which would look great on any CV or job application.
Vision Apprentices has a number of live vacancies ready for school leavers to apply for.
If you need more advice or would like more information about how we can help you, please call 0800 121 8317 to speak to one of our advisors. Ready to apply for a vacancy? Visit our website and register your interest today at www.visionapprentices.co.uk