What Can I Do With My A-Levels

What Can I Do With My A-Levels

You might’ve already decided on the career you intend to pursue when you chose your A-Levels (or even your GCSEs) but have you considered whether you can take that route through apprenticeships? And if you didn’t know precisely what career you wanted to pursue before you took them and you’re nearing the end and you still don’t know exactly what you want to do, consider apprenticeships as well.

It’s commonly misunderstood that apprenticeships are only offered in subjects such as Construction & Engineering, Business, Accounting and such, but in fact there are several different options of careers within each sector.

Here are some of the A-Level subjects required for a variety of apprenticeships you might never have thought of:

Geography

Science

English

ICT

History

Art / Media Studies

While many universities require a facilitating subject at A-Level such as a science, a foreign language or Maths, alongside multiple extracurricular activities, a flawless personal statement and sometimes more, a large amount of apprenticeships require English and Maths GCSEs at grades 9-4 and an interest in the subject you’re applying for. Doesn’t sound unreasonable, does it? Not only this, but that apprenticeship course could secure you a career you didn’t even realise you wanted (whilst getting paid) or guide you towards the various options available to you at the end of your course.

Check out the Apprenticeship Guide website for more information or in case your A-Level subject wasn’t listed above.

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Apprenticeships Vs Traineeships

Apprenticeships Vs Traineeships

Many people still do not know the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships so this blog will hopefully help with that.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give people of any age the chance to learn new skills, earn an income and gain experience in a work environment. Furthermore, Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industries and 3 different levels; intermediate, advanced and higher. During your apprenticeship you can go on to do a higher apprenticeship in your chosen area of work. Apprenticeships are a great way for young people that have just left school to experience what it is like to work in a work environment.

Traineeships

Traineeships are a training, education and work experience programme specifically designed for 16-24 years old. Traineeships can last from six weeks to six months, which is a lot less than an apprenticeship. On average they typically include 100 – 240 hours of work. At the end of the programme the trainee may receive a real interview where  a job or apprenticeship opportunity is available. They may also get an interview to get feedback so the trainee knows what they need to work on and how they can improve their interview skills.

One of the biggest differences between an apprenticeship and a traineeship is the length of each one, apprenticeships can typically last from a year to four years, depending on which level you are at whereas traineeships only last from six weeks to six months, could be more depending on your contract. Also traineeships are unpaid with no guarantee of a job at the end, whereas apprentices are paid and could be given the opportunity to stay with the employer at the end of their apprenticeship. 

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How An Apprenticeship Benefits A Business

How An Apprenticeship Benefits A Business

A lot of people now are finishing school or college and going onto an apprenticeship, there’s a lot more benefit for them than going to uni or college, if they are fresh out of school. But some businesses might be wondering; “what benefit is there for me?” Well, I’m here to tell you about them. 

For one, when your company is training an apprentice, you can adapt their training to suit your business better, making them an ideal workforce for you when they finish their course. In fact, it’s said by the apprenticeships.gov.uk (which is the source for many of these statistics) that 74% of employers said that the quality of their business’ product and services increased, which is a great benefit to a business, one would think.

Apprentices tend to be very motivated to learn new skills during their courses as well, so training an apprentice is a lot easier than you would think, people who chose to do an apprenticeship tend to have chosen it as it’s what they wanted to do. As well as this, 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped the apprentices develop skills relevant to the business, which reinforces that apprentices make an ideal work force and benefitting the business even more

And not forgetting that apprentices don’t have to be out of house, you can train existing employees as apprentices, to improve their skills and their effect on the company. 78% of employers said that apprenticeships improved the productivity of the business, another great benefit to a business.

Not forgetting as well the apprenticeship levy scheme, this is where you, the employer, would contribute a 5% investment on each apprentice, whilst the remaining 95% would be covered by the government. You would also be eligible for a £1000 incentive payment for  taking on apprentices aged 16 – 18 and if your business has less than 50 employees and an apprentice aged 16 – 18 will receive 100% of the apprenticeship funding from the government as well as the £1000 incentive.

As you can see, there are many benefits to the employer as well as the employee for taking on an apprentice. If you are interested, you should get in contact with us at Oracle, and if you would like to learn more about the apprenticeship levy scheme, there’s more info on the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pay-apprenticeship-levy 

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