What should you do after your GCSEs?

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Results day is finally here! After months of waiting, teens throughout the UK are tearing open envelopes and finding out the results of their hard work. But what if you didn’t get the grades you were hoping for? Or what if you did get the grades you were hoping for but you’ve decided A-Levels or university aren’t for you?

If you like the idea of being thrown straight into work and avoiding debt, you could consider applying for an apprenticeship. You can start one from the age of 16.

Here are some of the many benefits:

  • Earn whilst you learn

With apprenticeships, you start work on day one and receive a regular weekly or monthly pay check. So, you can start building up savings for things you’ve dreamed of having – such as a car, new computer or a holiday.

The current national minimum wage for apprentices under 19 is £3.30 but many employers choose to pay more than this.

What’s more – unlike a graduate – you won’t be saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt from crippling tuition fees.

  • Gain a recognised qualification

Doing an apprenticeship means you’ll work whilst also studying towards a nationally recognised qualification which will make you more employable in the future.

No matter which industry you choose to go into, employers recognise apprentices as having sought-after skills which can be applied to any job role.

Many people don’t realise that you can do apprenticeships starting at level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) all the way up to level 7 (master’s degree level) should you wish to progress your learning.

  • Get ahead of graduates

By starting work straightaway rather than studying for 5 (or more) years to complete A-Levels and a degree, you’ll get a head start on your career compared to graduates.

Many graduates lack the work experience that employers are specifically looking for, so with an apprenticeship under your belt you’ll have an advantage in the job hunting stakes.

Whilst working, you’ll also be able to build up a list of contacts who will be able to give you good references for your CV.

  • Learn the skills needed to be your own boss

As apprenticeships offer practical on-the-job training, you’ll be able to learn the necessary skills and knowledge to help you if you eventually wanted to be your own boss.

Even with no prior experience of the role before you start work, you’ll be shadowing and learning from experienced staff who will train and support you to master everything you need to know.

Although you would be starting out as an apprentice to begin with, in a few years’ time – who knows – you could be managing a team of your very own!

There’s never been a better time to start an apprenticeship. With 1500 apprenticeship job roles covering 170 industries to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find an apprenticeship to suit you. Apprenticeships offer a great route into paid work and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to follow your ideal career.

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a childcare apprentice, we can help!

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