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To Apprenticeships & Beyond 🌎

So, you’re considering an apprenticeship, but you have a load of other questions before you dive in?

Well, have no fear, as here at +24 Academy we’re going to try and answer every question you could ever conjure up!

As you know, we’re an apprenticeship training provider, so we might be a bit biased, but we promise to be as fair as possible here. After all, we want to make sure that you have the right information so that you can make the best decision for your future.

The question posed this time round;

What happens AFTER an apprenticeship?

What a great and massively important question!

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the options available to you after an apprenticeship, let us just start by saying;

Apprenticeships, regardless of the course or industry you enter, are a great way to get on the job ladder, as well as getting vital training.

Now, let’s get to some of the options available to you after you complete your apprenticeship. Bear in mind that these are just some of the options, the list is endless!

Degree Apprenticeship

A degree apprenticeship is a relatively new scheme set up by the government to allow people to continue their studies whilst still being employed. They were created together with businesses and they offer a great opportunity to expand your learning, take a step up in the company you work for and most importantly get paid for it as well!

Degree apprenticeships are equivalent to a master’s or bachelor’s degree which offers levels 6 – 7.

They are a sublime option for a lot of people. Unfortunately, there isn’t as vast a range of degrees on offer as there are at university, degree apprenticeships tend to be more vocational subjects. So, if you’re looking for a degree in Languages or Humanities for example, you might struggle. If you’re looking for a degree in Management or Engineering however, you’ll be in with a good chance!

Of course, you’ll miss out on the ‘traditional’ university experience, such as living in halls, freshers’ week and the other bits and bobs, but if you’re keen to get on in the world of work and progress your career it’s a brilliant option.

Oh and don’t forget, one of the best bits about a degree apprenticeship is that you come out of it with absolutely no debt!

University Degree

An apprenticeship is such a good option before going to university for an undergraduate course. It will provide you with some real-world work skills and experience, whilst also giving you a great grounding for coursework and deadlines.

An apprenticeship will count towards your UCAS points meaning that if there’s a course you want to get on with higher UCAS point requirements, an apprenticeship is a great way to bolster your score. Not only this, but universities will look at your entire application and anything extra you can add on outside of A Levels and school work will benefit you greatly.

A university degree is a great option for almost any course or subject. You’ll get to live the life of a student, which most people claim as the best years of their lives.

Of course, there’s no guarantee of a job or work after completing your degree and you’ll have to pay for the privilege as well, so that may be something worth considering.

Carry on working

After you’ve completed your apprenticeship you’ll have completed your mandatory education, therefore, you’re actually free to do whatever you like!

So, if you feel as though you’ve done enough education for one lifetime and you’d just like to crack on and concentrate all of your time on your job, then you’re more than welcome to do that, and a lot of people do just that.

Apprenticeships are a great option as they provide you with important skills for your job, enable you to train whilst working and let you get to know the company you’re working for. All of which puts you in a great position to become an invaluable asset for the company.

*You have to be in education up until the age of 18 years old. So, if you’re 17 when you complete your apprenticeship you will have to find full-time employment.

Start your own business

Something that some apprentices decide to do once they’ve completed their course is to start their own business or become self-employed.

You’ll have had 12 – 18 months’ worth of experience and training within a specific industry and career, therefore you’ll be pretty well versed and this will set you up nicely for a chance to run on your own steam.

Naturally, it’s a big and daunting step, but for the right type of person, with the right support network, it could be a great option.

If this is something you’re thinking of doing after your apprenticeship our advice would be to build a good network of possible clients, make sure you’ve got enough savings to support yourself before you start bringing clients in and remember to reach out to people if you’re ever struggling.

Self-employment and entrepreneurship can be massively rewarding, but extremely difficult!

Completely change course!

Perhaps you finish your apprenticeship and decide that you want to do something completely different. Something that has nothing to do with your course and perhaps something that doesn’t involve education at all, well, so long as you’re 18, you have every right to do so!

You could go traveling, you could join the circus, you could learn Chinese or become the World #1 Chess Champion, the options are endless.

All we will say is that at the very least you’ll have your apprenticeship certificate and qualification, a very valuable thing to have in almost any circumstance. It’s proof of training, proof of your commitment to something and proof of employment.

Whatever you decide to do after your apprenticeship we hope it’s fulfilling and brings joy to your life!

Oh, and one last ‘myth’ to dispel… You can do an apprenticeship at any age!!

If you have any other questions, quandaries, or just want to say hi, you know where we are! 

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