University was always the answer – 3 years at university, get on a graduate training scheme and be on your way to a good career, set up for life.
But its not as easy – the recession, increase in student numbers, less certainty … so young people are now questioning if university at 18 is the right option.
For some it will continue to be, for example to train as a Doctor, but many will end up in jobs for which a degree is of little relevance and alternatives would have been better.
Higher level apprenticeships are a viable option and provide an opportunity to gain Level 4 qualifications or above, with most apprentices gaining an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Some offer the opportunity to progress to Level 7 (which is postgraduate degree level).
You can find more using these links
UCAS – Higher Apprenticeships – www.ucas.com/alternatives/apprenticeships/apprenticeships-england/what-apprenticeships-are-available/higher-apprenticeships
GET MY FIRST JOB – www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/Choices/Apprenticeships/HigherApprenticeship.aspx
This is a good link to find apprenticeships and school leaver jobs – www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk/jobs
I’ve recently written a blog post on teenage job search tips which could be helpful and you can find it here.