Finishing your A levels is both an exciting and a tricky time, with some big decisions to make about your next steps.
Consider all your options carefully, and go with a choice that will help you move onwards and upwards. The better informed you are, the more prepared you will be!
Some of your options after your A levels include:
Uni is an attractive choice after your A levels, filled with new people, independence, and great experiences.
Bear in mind that university is an expensive option, and you’re not guaranteed a job at the end of it – thousands of graduates are still working in jobs that don’t require any qualifications.
An apprenticeship could be the ideal option if you’d like to start work and gain further qualifications at the same time.
With an apprenticeship, you’ll be paid weekly wages, while also studying towards advanced qualifications that will look excellent on your CV. Not only that, but your skill set will be boosted by the work experience and training you’ll receive.
Usually, a gap year after school consists of 6 months of working (and saving) and 6 months of travelling. Not only can you make some wonderful memories, but a gap year could also help you focus on your next move.
Use this time wisely to improve your skills – don’t sit at home all day waiting for an opportunity to come your way!
You might choose to start working straight away.
If you’re lucky enough to get either a part-time or full-time position, it’s a good opportunity to start earning and enjoying financial independence. It may also give you a chance to start saving for your studies or some experiences abroad.
What are the benefits of an apprenticeship after your A Levels?
At Babington, we believe that apprenticeships are an excellent solution for those who are looking to gain earn money while developing their skills straight from school.
Here are some reasons why an apprenticeship could suit you:
Earn while you learn
Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff.
The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.50 per hour, but many apprentices earn significantly more. However, the average weekly wage for an apprentice is now around £170. This may seem low to start with, but bear in mind that you aren’t yet fully qualified, and as your experience grows, so will your pay. Research also shows that an apprentice can earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job.
As an apprentice you will also receive the same benefits as other employees, such as pension contributions and leisure facilities.
Those who started university in England in 2015 could well face a debt of £30,000 by the time they graduate.
On an apprenticeship, you won’t be weighed down by tuition fees or debt when you graduate. In fact, your employer will be paying you to gain qualifications instead.
Relevant, real world experiences
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers so you will have the skills necessary to be successful in the industry.
You will learn from experienced professionals on the job, and will also add to your skills by completing your qualification, either through our digital platform Babington Online, or by visits from a tutor.
You will also be set targets to ensure that you are well supported and that you are progressing at an appropriate speed.
Friendly support and guidance
On an apprenticeship with Babington, we will ensure that you receive the support and guidance you need.
Our retention team will be in contact to make sure that our training fits your personal requirements, gives you the skills needed for your job, and satisfies national standards.
We will also be there to help you through any difficult times – so don’t hesitate to drop us a call or an email!
Strengthen your CV
When it comes to building transferable skills to impress employers, an apprenticeship is an excellent choice.
More than 80% of apprentices said that their career prospects had improved, and this is no fluke. With an apprenticeship, you will have gained at least a year in the industry, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer.
Some young adults think that if they took an apprenticeship, they will be stuck in an industry for life. But with an apprenticeship, you will pick up skills that will be useful and adaptable to any industry – a key reason why employers are keen on hiring apprentices.
Build your contacts
Our apprenticeship experiences will get you involved with the day to day running of the business. So of course, you will be meeting a lot of people!
Apprenticeships typically take between one and three years to complete, depending on the type of apprenticeship and the level. In this time, you will build relationships and contacts with clients, colleagues, and managers.
Making a good name for yourself and building professional contacts will benefit you greatly in the future. You never know when you might need them for advice, mentoring, or opportunities!
Gain a nationally recognised qualification
Along with comprehensive training, you will also gain a work-based qualification, called Apprenticeship Standards.
Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles across more than 170 industries, so there is plenty of flexibility when it comes to the qualifications you can gain.
There are three levels of apprenticeships: Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2), Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3), and Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 and above).
You can learn about all the different apprenticeship levels in this blog post.
Progress within a business
You don’t have to stop at the Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeships. At Babington we offer you the opportunity to study up to degree level.
And if you impress during your apprenticeship, you could also gain a full time position with the company. To have a foot in the industry at such an early stage in your career is massively beneficial, and could give you the basis to work all the way up to a Managing Director position in the future.
Become an essential part of the team
There will be no tea-making and endless photocopying here. Employers benefit greatly from having well-trained apprentices.
Recruiting an apprentice is not only cost-effective for businesses, but also offers young people the opportunity to develop from in their chosen career path.
This means that employers can guide and train apprentices until they are a skilled and reliable part of the workforce, increasing the chances of them staying and developing with the business.
This has been an amazing opportunity for me, where I’ve gained hands on experience and worked towards a qualification in Residential Sales.
I’d recommend the AAT training through apprenticeship route to any young budding Accountant.
This apprenticeship has boosted my confidence massively after speaking to so many people over the phone, including customers and insurance experts.
The apprenticeship has given me real courage to create my own dishes, and the qualification has given me essential background knowledge.
The apprenticeship programme was a fantastic opportunity to carry on studying whilst gaining valuable work experience.
The course was very interesting, and I can even drive a forklift truck now. I am really glad I started the apprenticeship!