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Apprenticeships: why they should be on every young person's radar

Wednesday 24th August 2016

With AS Level exam results out, GCSE exam results on their way and the next academic year fast approaching, many young people will be contemplating their next steps. From academic routes like A-Levels to more practical professional and technical courses, young people are not short of options, no matter what their chosen career path.

Apprenticeships are currently a huge government focus, with a pledge to create 3 million more by 2020. However, a report published by the student community website ‘The Student Room’ following a survey conducted with around 10,000 young people, concluded that only 11% of students felt fully informed about Apprenticeships.

Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at South Leicestershire College discusses what Apprenticeships are and why they should be on every young person’s radar:

“It’s important for young people to be fully informed about all of the options available to ensure they can make the best decision for them, whether it’s the vocational or academic route.

“The advantage of Apprenticeships and the reason they are so high on the Government’s priority list is because of the focus on really preparing young people for the world of work.

“They also cover a huge range of sector and business areas too, here at South Leicestershire College we offer programmes in Engineering, Business, Management and Administration, Hairdressing, Computing plus many more.

“No matter what a young person’s dream career, Apprenticeships are a valid and effective way for them to achieve their career goals, whether they want to go onto university or straight into employment.

“In order to begin an Apprenticeship, learners will need a work placement, get in touch with our advisers today to find out about our free vacancy service.”

Key facts about Apprenticeships:

  • Apprentices work as a paid employee within an organisation whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification
  • They work for at least 30 hours a week and training for their qualification will take place either at work or in College, usually for one day per week
  • Apprenticeships take between 1-5 years depending on the level, framework, sector and prior skills
  • They are available from Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs A-C ) all the way up to degree level

The benefits

  • Earn a wage: Apprentices are paid at least the national minimum wage, £3.30 per hour, with many employers paying more
  • Nationally recognised qualifications that can lead to higher education and further study as well as full-time employment
  • Genuine, consistent work experience: Apprentices are fully equipped for the world of work, developing softer working skills such as communication, team work and accountability

Click here to find out more about Apprenticeships, call 0116 264 3535 or email

Click here for more information on The Student Room survey.


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