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Apprenticeships are becoming ever more popular for those A levels students wishing to gain employment with training, in preference to a university place.

Apprenticeships follow one of a set number of frameworks/standards and are at different levels ranging from Level 1 (Intermediate Apprenticeships) to level 5+ (Degree Apprenticeships). Level 3, Advanced Apprenticeships are considered to be on the same level as A levels.

Lower level apprenticeships tend to have more numerous opportunities, with vacancies becoming more rare and competitive higher up the levels, with mostly larger companies offering Degree Apprenticeships.

Students can use the Unifrog software to search for and compare apprenticeship vacancies. The government’s apprenticeship website also enables students to create an account and be alerted when new vacancies become open. The website also has lots more information on alternatives to University.

Unlike university study, apprenticeships are more focused on a specific vocation, industry or company. They offer a training wage enabling students to enter the world of work far earlier however accommodation is rarely included and the application process can be more intensive than traditional Higher Education.

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