So your GCSEs are finished – congratulations! But what now?
This is an exciting time with plenty of options ahead. Finishing your GCSEs means you’re free to leave school, but laws were put in place in 2015 that mean you will need to be in full-time education up until the age of 18. That means that after your GCSEs, your options include:
Continuing into sixth form at school or college.
Earning while learning on the job with an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Working or volunteering while in part-time education.
What are the benefits of an apprenticeship after your GCSEs?
At Babington, we are real believers that apprenticeship can be an excellent solution for you to gain skills, experience, and start earning 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!