There is a Modern Apprenticeship
For young people today, there is a third career way to take after the age of 16. Traditionally further education or straight into the work place, this way is the Modern apprenticeship.
If a young person has had enough of the full time education system and is looking to start work but still gain some qualifications, an apprenticeship could be the path to follow.
Whilst on this path they study for qualifications whilst working and learn the skills to do the job that they are doing.
From the age of 16 it is open to people no longer in full time education, on three academic levels, basic GCSE’s up to A levels, and Diploma level.
They are a combination of “hands on” practical learning combined with academic study by private training companies, or in further education colleges.
The two can be solely hand in hand related to each other, or can also include a “topping up” of basic English and maths education.
The very fact of working, boots on the ground, in the work place not only can give valuable practical learning exposure, the very fact of being in the work place teaches the day to day practises and expectations of the profession or trade, from as simpler level as, how to get on with co-workers, use initiative, and being part of a team.
Apprentices are taken on by employers and work alongside others in the work force. They will also take time out to attend college or independent learner/training provider.
The courses are between one and four years in duration, depending on the skills the apprentice already has and the complexity of the level to be achieved.
The minimum age of enrolling is sixteen, and after the age of nineteen less funding is made available for training charges, and the upper age ceiling is 24.
Entering an apprenticeship is to enter the real-time world of jobs and as such have to apply to the employer and compete against other applicants and will work side by side with full time employees.
There are some great advantages in going down the apprenticeship route, you actually earn while you learn. Apart from your basic salary, you are paid both whilst attending college or training establishment, and for limited holiday allowance too.
The training that you receive should result in qualifications and could potentially progress to degree level.
Apprenticeships are available in a huge range of sectors far away from the old concept of building or hairdressing, national and even international companies are taking on apprentices in areas such as retail and hospitality, to agriculture, engineering, IT to business and admin.