“I started my journey as an 18 year old girl who had just completed her A levels but didn’t know what she wanted to do. At the time, I had two part-time jobs and had been studying IT and media. I found out about apprenticeships through school and looked further into them. I applied for tonnes of apprenticeships in IT as I thought this was the career path I wanted to take, but never heard back. By this time I had no idea what I was going to do and if I would ever find an apprenticeship. I thought I would try looking for a media apprenticeship and found one with a local company. I applied and got an interview, and afterwards I remember thinking ‘well I’m not going to get that job, better get home and apply for others’. There was...
Why study an apprenticeship? The biggest draw for many is the fact you earn while you learn, but you also experience what full-time employment is like and receive a qualification at the same time!
But don't just take our word for it. Alex and Conor, who are both apprentices at Airbus Group, share their experiences first hand with us.
What are your daily activities?
Alex: My current placement within the business is in A350 Lineside Quality. My daily activities in this department include carrying out technical investigations in order to discover the root cause of a certain issue or non-...
Struggling to pick a uni to apply to? Not sure which course is right for you? Weighing up your career options? Book yourself on to a UCAS exhibition to find out the answer to these questions and more!
1. So why should you go?
They’re an opportunity for you to meet lots of different unis in one place – and a chance to get some face time with those in the know! You’ll get to meet admissions staff, course leaders, current students, and job recruiters.
2. Ask questions!
Always try and have some questions lined up. After all, this is your opportunity to find out more information about the uni and course! Here are five questions to get you started:
1.What grades or UCAS points do I need?
2.What modules can I choose from?
3.What is the local area...
By NCS graduate, Georgie Burgess, from Birmingham.
I’d really recommend volunteering. I started by taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in the summer after my GCSEs, and have continued volunteering through sixth form and my university studies. Giving back has changed my outlook on life. It’s also a great way to try out new things and push yourself to do whatever you can.
What was good about the NCS scheme? It gave me the opportunity to get involved in a local community project, addressing a real social need but in a supported and structured way. We decided to ask the public to sign a petition to raise...
Exam season can be a stressful time for many, but with a bit of preparation you can do well! These seven tips will get you started:
1.Have a plan
Create a timetable in the weeks leading up to your exams. Jot down when your exams are and what topics you need to revise. You know yourself what subjects you may need to commit more time to so keep this in mind when planning your revision.
2.Take regular breaks
Shorter revision stints work much better than trying to do hours at a time. Try 40 minutes revision with regular ten minute breaks. This will keep you focused and help you retain more information.
Keep Post-its with key info dotted around your revision space – these will act as reminders for the stuff you’ve previously revised.
4.Practice exam questions
These will be available at your school, college, and even online. What...
The thought of what to do after your post-16 qualifications may appear daunting, but there are many options for you to consider. From carrying on in full-time study to getting a flavour of work with your qualification, this short blog post looks at your options.
There are a few options available to you if you wish to stay in full-time study. Here’s a selection of what you may be able to study:
A levels – you usually study three subjects or more. There is a wide range of subjects available. They’re usually studied at the same time over two years.
Scottish Highers – the main qualification required for entry into higher education if you live in Scotland. There are over 60 subjects and you usually study four or five. Each Higher is made up of units – you need...
There are over 150,000 employers offering apprenticeships in over 170 industries in the UK – and this figure is increasing every year!
But why pick an apprenticeship? Check out our top four tips to why you should consider one.
1)Earn while you learn
We’ll start with quite a big draw – you’ll receive a wage and paid holiday. Depending on the employer, learning will either be on a one day a week basis, or in blocks of several days. They’re either offered in the workplace or at a local college.
2)Preparation for working
Each week you’ll be working alongside experienced staff while gaining job-specific skills and earning a wage! Due to the nature of your study it enables you to develop your knowledge and skills quickly. And your employer will provide you with practical experience so you can put your new skills to the test! What better way to prepare for full-time work?
With GCSE results day just around the corner, it’s not too late to look at the options available to you afterwards. You might start thinking about changing your course or, if your results aren’t what you were expecting, looking at other options. There are lots of courses and programmes to choose from, everything from A levels and BTECs, to apprenticeships and traineeships.
Need a different option?
So what happens if you don’t get the grades you need to do your chosen course? It doesn’t mean you can’t progress as you’d hoped. Speak to the school or...
We spoke to some past students that found themselves in these situations after exam results day.
Got the grades but no offers
Tanya found herself in a position she didn’t expect when she got the grades she needed to study Medicine but no offers from any Universities. After speaking to one of our advisers she decided to take a gap year to gain some work experience.
See Tanya’s story here:
Don’t panic and considering Clearing
Ollie didn’t get the grades he was expecting and panicked until he spoke to one of our advisers who talked him through the options and guided him through the Clearing process: