August 10th is Results Day in the UK, with A-Level and BTEC grades issued to students around this seminal date.
Getting your results is a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times, let alone after the two years we’ve all been through. A lot of our educations have been thrown up in the air, meaning grades are being worked out differently this year.
The good news is you’re not alone. Whatever route you hope to take next, there’s loads of support out there for you.
This blog will cover a route that’s rapidly increasing in prestige: apprenticeships.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is an exciting way to combine work and study and learn new skills while you earn a salary. You’ll even get a qualification at the end of it.
Over a period of around 15-19 months, apprentices work a full-time 9-5 on a competitive wage. Twenty percent of their time will be spent studying skills and courses directly related to their role.
The entire apprenticeship is free for the candidate, meaning there are no tuition fees to pay. In fact, unlike students, you will earn while you learn.
Upon completion, you finish up with an apprenticeship qualification. This ranges from a Level 3 (worth two A-Levels), to a Level 4 which is the equivalent of a foundation degree.
Can I do an apprenticeship?
The good news is that there are plenty of apprenticeships out there. In fact, there have never been more: 18,950 apprenticeship vacancies were reported on the Find An Apprenticeship service in June, the highest figure since records began in 2018.
Multiverse founder and CEO, Euan Blair, said: "We have seen a fourfold increase in the number of apprenticeship vacancies that are available to young people today, and that's a trend being reflected across the country at large. The fastest-growing apprenticeships are in areas like data and digital skills, and that's no surprise as those are the skills that are most in-demand right now.
"This isn't happening by accident: apprenticeships are growing in prestige. They have become the single best way to access talented, diverse young people with the skills required to drive business growth. In turn those young people are getting a jump start on their university peers, with expert training and the support of a community.
"The pandemic has put the value proposition of university under huge scrutiny, and apprenticeships are increasingly being seen as the outstanding alternative."
What is an apprenticeship actually like?
Billie Grey, 19, is an apprentice at the law firm RPC. Here’s what she said about her apprenticeship programme:
“Before I found Multiverse, I didn’t even realise that you could do apprenticeships in things like Project Management. And you can even get degrees through apprenticeships, without needing to financially burden yourself with all that debt. So now that’s my plan, to work towards a degree apprenticeship.
“My dream is to get a great career, travel the world and be financially stable. I wanted to be a lawyer because I loved law, and I’m so glad I found a route that’s allowed me to achieve success and have a great career without going to uni.
“Schools and colleges and universities are great, but everyone is different. For me, I needed that 1-1 coaching experience where I can talk through questions.
“At Multiverse, you get the opportunity to interact with everyone, you have the content - but on top of that you get a 1-1 experience. You get the flexibility to choose when to do your assignment - so an apprenticeship lets you be treated like an adult, manage your studying yourself and manage your time.”
How to learn more about apprenticeships
If you’re receiving results this month, we’ve put together a guide to help you navigate the world of apprenticeships: from what they are to how you can apply. You can find it here.