Apprenticeships are becoming ever more popular for those A level students wishing to gain employment with training.
Apprenticeships follow one of a set number of frameworks/standards and are at different 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.
Some useful resources for students
- 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
- notgoingtouni.co.uk also has lots more information on alternatives to university
- Padlet – Take a look at our virtual noticeboard for University, Apprenticeships, Gap Year and Employment Opportunities (padlet.com)
- UCAS – Find out about, setup alerts & search for Apprenticeships
- Check out apprenticeships on Indeed.com
- ‘Get the Jump’ Skills for Life, helps young people aged 14-19 understand all their education and training choices, how they compare and where they can lead gov.uk/get-the-jump.
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 the application process can be more intensive than traditional Higher Education.
Take a look at our NGTU Alternatives to Uni – Handout including a vast array of links and help on apprenticeships.