Results day can be a very stressful time for young people, but regardless of the outcome, the good news is, there are an increasing number of high-quality, work related courses to choose from.
With more vacancies than ever before, Apprenticeships are fast-becoming a popular option for young and ambitious school leavers.
The structure of Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain nationally-recognised qualifications, valuable work experience and full-time paid employment all at the same time.
According to the latest figures from the National Apprenticeship Service, after finishing an Apprenticeship, 85 per cent will stay in employment, with 64 per cent staying with the same employer, highlighting that Apprenticeships allow companies to improve their skills base and future workforce, whilst supporting the long-term career development of young people.
Interest in Apprenticeships is expected to rise further in September following the introduction of new legislation which aims to ensure teenagers stay in learning or training until they are 17.
Known as ‘Raising the Participation Age’, it is hoped that the Government reform will encourage young people to stay focused on their future learning and help to smooth the transition from education to work life.
Steve Gray, chief executive at Training 2000, said: “Whatever your results, it is important not to panic and make a quick decision on the day as there are many different options available.
“Whether it’s further education, vocational qualifications or entering the world of work, you need to seek advice from professionals who can guide you through the options and help you to make the best decision for your future.”
For some students, bridging the gap between an educational establishment and the workplace is a daunting prospect. But in a bid to change this, the Government’s new Traineeship programme offers support to youngsters prior to their Apprenticeship and aims to be the preferred route for those aspiring apprentices who need a helping hand.
With evidence to suggest that young people are lacking the basic attributes needed in the world of work, Traineeships will ensure that young people are well equipped with the necessary employability skills such as social and communication skills and basic literacy and numeracy.
Between February and April 2013 more than 370,000 Apprenticeship applications were submitted online, showing that the popularity and demand for these vocational courses has increased significantly.
With Training 2000 and many other training providers advertising their vacancies online, many more people looking for an alternative route to university are registering an interest and signing up online.
Steve continued: “Choosing to undertake an Apprenticeship or any other training or development course is a great way to embark onto a new career pathway, subsequently opening the doors to a new future. Both Traineeships and Apprenticeships can help to put young people on the route to success, laying the foundations for employers to recruit them in the future.”
David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to progress onto further learning and also get a foot on the career ladder. With Apprenticeships covering more than 170 occupations and 1,500 job roles, there has never been a better time to think about an Apprenticeship.”