It's that time of year again where all the months of studying, revision and exams are about to come to a head with the GCSE results being announced on the 20th August. It's not hard to see how any student will find it difficult to see past these nerve racking times. But once the results have been given, what options are there to choose from to continue in education?
Schools, colleges and training providers offer a range of subjects and courses which you can study full-time. You normally need to have at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C and least grade B in any specific subjects you want to study.
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
There is always the choice to go straight in to full-time work, and while this works for lots of people, for some it is more beneficial to combine working and education.
Apprenticeships are where you work for an employer but train for a specific role at the same time. They are at least 12 months long and lead to a national, recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are a great way to get straight in work and start earning, but to also be training and self-developing. There are over 300 different types of apprenticeships for over 1,500 job roles. The best place to see exactly what is on offer is the National Apprentice Service (NAS)
Traineeships are brilliant for people looking to gain experience to then go on to an apprenticeship or full-time work. They can last from six weeks to six months and are unpaid. Reasons to consider a Traineeship are - A recent study has shown that 74% of employers say work experience is critical when recruiting. Only 38% of unemployed young people say that they feel ready for work. To see what is on offer go to the Find a traineeship section of gov.uk
Work or volunteer while studying part-time
You can combine training or studying for a qualification and work at the same time.
It doesn’t have to be a paid job, you can volunteer on a project or with a charity, or get a work experience placement in a career or job area that interests you.
Colleges and training providers offer a wide range of training courses which are part-time including A levels and work-related qualifications like BTECs or NVQs.