What’s your “grand plan”?

Nearly a million young people have received GCSE or A’Level results in the last couple of weeks. That’s a lot of young people currently thinking up their “grand plan”.

Identifying the goal is often the easy part. The ‘how’ is the key question. Most commonly we ask whether it’s going to be education, training, or a job but, these routes don’t have to be seen in silos. In fact, on-the-job training from a reputable training provider like Lifetime Training can deliver on all three.

So for school leavers for instance, one of our newly launched Traineeships may be worth considering. These courses offer 16-18 year olds an opportunity to get the grounding they need, through classroom study and work based experience, to progress onto a highly sought-after Apprenticeship programme. It covers the basics such as interview techniques, employer expectations, and career advice.

Here’s what one of our trainees had to say about their experience so far:

“My Traineeship has taught me a lot about myself and how realistic my goals are. The tutor has given me some great advice about how I can develop to ensure I’m well prepared for my new working environment.

The next step is securing an Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships mean you learn while you earn, and you’re not getting into huge debt as you would the University route. You also get a whole year’s worth of work experience in the bank to add to your CV.

There are a huge number of Apprenticeships available for all manner of careers. Gemma Blackborow decided on an Administrator Apprenticeship.

“Although I completed my A’Levels I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career. I was accepted onto a childcare course at University but I knew it just wasn’t right for me so I took a part-time retail job at Primark to work out what I wanted to do.

“I soon got involved with the office administration team and was really interested in the HR department. After researching HR roles I realised that companies would only employ you for these roles if you had a year’s administrative experience or had completed a Level 3 HR course.

“With the backing of my parents, who have both completed Level 5 Apprenticeships, and my employer I have completed two Apprenticeship programmes – my Customer Service Level 2 and Business & Administration Level 3.

“With my three years’ work experience and Lifetime’s support, I am currently looking into completing a CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Human Resources and eventually go on to do my Level 5 & 7 CIPD HR courses.”

Gemma is a Learner Services Administrator at Lifetime Training.

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