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 –



WHITE HAT – co founder is Euan Blair – see the list of vacancies here:

ALL ABOUT SCHOOL LEAVERS covers the range of apprenticeships as alongside higher apprenticeships you can also find advanced apprenticeships and intermediate apprenticeships which are the first level.

This is a good link to find apprenticeships and school leaver jobs –

I’ve recently written a blog post on teenage job search tips which could be helpful and you can find it here.


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Published On: July 23rd, 2019 / Categories: Students and Graduates /

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