GCSE Results: What’s next?
All across the country, nervous teenagers will be waiting to find out their GCSE grades but where do they go from here?
Emma Norton, Programme Manager for Shared Apprenticeships South West, believes there is a whole world of choice outside the classroom.
You’ve worked hard, studied and spent many a sleepless night worrying but finally, it is GCSE results time. Hopefully, you have achieved everything you wanted but now the question turns to what to do next?
The traditional post-16 academic route of college and university is, of course, a popular choice for many but with more and more exciting opportunities on offer, apprenticeships are growing in popularity.
Construction, for example, is a rewarding and ever expanding industry that is keen to welcome and support the next generation of site managers, quantity surveyors, carpenters, bricklayers and many other careers possibilities. As part of our role to employ apprentices and find them paid work whilst they continue to learn and grow, we have introduced a number of enthusiastic new people to the construction industry.
Many of those who started out with us in our first cohort in 2015 have gained industry leading qualifications and, with our help, gone on to secure long term work in the sector.
And earning while learning is proving a real incentive for students straight out of school as well as those looking for a career change or teenagers who enrolled on an A-Level course but realised that a hands-on apprenticeship was more suited to them.
We continue to see a steady increase in interest for our apprenticeships which are focused on meeting the needs of the industry while offering practical skills from day one.
More construction companies are also realising the potential of nurturing staff while boosting their own business success.
And all that while earning money and dodging ever increasing tuition fees. No wonder more and more people are turning their attention to apprenticeships.
Good luck to everyone receiving their GCSE results and remember that although University can offer fantastic opportunities, apprenticeships are just as fulfilling and can be better suited for those wanting to enter the world of work, gain valuable work experience and earn while they learn.