If you’re coming up to the final few months at school, you’ll probably be wondering what to do next. If you’re leaving school at 16 and still considering your options, we’re here to help and offer some advice around your next steps.
You might be glad to leave the academic world and start earning, or you might be overwhelmed by the choices out there. For example, Is an apprenticeship better than university? Is an apprenticeship right for you? In this blog, we’ll answer your questions about apprenticeships, take you through the benefits and how to go about choosing the best one for you.
Is an apprenticeship right for me?
You may have been told about apprenticeships and are wondering exactly what they are and if they’re the right path for you.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a qualification that allows you to train for a specific job role and get paid whilst working. It allows you to build up specialist skills in the workplace while also working towards a formal qualification. It provides an ideal bridge between school and the world of work, allowing you to learn and earn a wage at the same time. It typically involves a split of 80% working and 20% learning and studying towards your final qualification.
How much support is there on an apprenticeship?
When you take an apprenticeship program you’re supported by a dedicated manager at work and a regional trainer in your area to guide you through your learning. You can apply what you’ve studied directly to your job. This means learning is always relevant and keeps you motivated.
An apprenticeship is a stepping-stone into the professional world but is by no means a fixed path. You can use it to find out what you enjoy and move into other industries and roles; a fantastic opportunity if you’re just leaving school.