Wow! That was a busy couple of weeks for A Level and GCSE results. Everyone at Yorkshire Apprentice hopes that you were successful and got the grades you hoped to get.
What happens now?
Summer is coming to a close, results are in, Leeds Fest has been done and now it’s decision time. For many that will be straightforward, it will be either university or staying on at school. For others, the decision will not be so simple and there will be a lot of discussions being held with parents, colleges and careers advisors. Many students will just not want to go to university because they are either done with full-time education or just don’t want to land themselves in debt after 3 or 4 years of higher education. For GCSE leavers the decision tends to boil down to wanting to leave school and get into the world of work.
How do apprenticeships help?
Apprenticeships are available to both GCSE and A Level school leavers. There have been some huge changes to apprenticeships in the last couple of years which are really exciting. What many people don’t realise is that you can be an apprentice as a school leaver but progress to higher levels in your career. Many people will start on a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship but can progress to level 7 which is the same as doing a masters degree at university.
How do I find apprenticeship vacancies?
All apprenticeship vacancies must be advertised on the government’s “Find an Apprenticeship” service. You are able to search for vacancies by the type of career you are interested in or the ones most close to where you live. You will be able to see which training providers support the apprenticeship. If you have any questions about any of the apprenticeships then you should talk directly with the training provider.
What else do I need to do?
We would suggest you have a CV ready to send to employers and training providers. Make sure you list all of your achievements and your GCSE and A Level grades. List any jobs or work experience you may have done. List your sporting achievements, any volunteering or any awards you have received. But…make sure you tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. There is little point in sending a CV where your profile states that you are keen to be a digital marketing apprentice if you are applying for an accountancy apprenticeship!
We also display the latest apprenticeship vacancies in Yorkshire and Humber on Yorkshire Apprentice website.
When should I apply?
There is a really simple answer to this question…..NOW! Employers now that this is the best time to recruit an apprentice and most apprentices start in September and October so do not waste any time – get applying now.