Results Day 2016: What Next…
Another school year has passed, meaning another anxious wait for final exam results for those senior pupils who recently sat their exams. Some of you may be relying on certain grades to meet conditional offers from a University or College; others might still be unsure about what lies ahead. Whatever the result, please be aware that you still have lots of options! Perhaps your results aren’t as good as you would have hoped for, or you have had a change of heart and want to reconsider the route you want to go down. If this is the case, you might well be thinking, what next…
At Apprenticeships in Scotland, we are here to help you by providing you with information about an alternative career path – apprenticeships. Did you know that nearly 26,000 young Scots started a Modern Apprenticeship in 2015/16? Combined with this, thousands more have also joined National Apprenticeship schemes and traineeship programmes. There has never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship as your future career path!
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. You can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. An apprenticeship is a structured programme of training and experiences that result in NVQ/SVQs (National/Scottish Vocational Qualifications). Apprenticeships are typically aimed at 16-24 year olds however there are also opportunities available for those aged 24 and over.
How long does an apprenticeship last?
The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on: prior skills levels of the apprentice, the level of qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Typically, apprenticeships will take between one and four years to complete, however, unlike university you will earn while you learn and will gain your qualification debt free!
Types of apprenticeships available
There are many different types of apprenticeships available across a variety of sectors. There are of course the traditional apprenticeships where you will learn a trade such as joinery, plumbing or hairdressing. There are also apprenticeships in business, engineering, care, creative industries and many more. In fact, there are over 70 types of apprenticeships you can undertake in Scotland.
Why should I apply for an apprenticeship?
- Employers believe that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications
- After completing an apprenticeship, 85% will stay in employment, with 64% staying on with the same employer
- A third of all former apprentices had received a promotion within the first year of completing their apprentice, and three-quarters were given more responsibility in their job
- Universities and colleges value the skills and knowledge of former apprentices and are more than happy to offer them a place on a foundation degree or other higher level qualifications
- Once you have completed an apprenticeship, you can carry on working, maybe get a promotion or even go on to further education
- Earn a monthly income whilst gaining an industry recognised qualification
- Gain transferable skills that can be used in other jobs and industries
- Open yourself up to fantastic career prospects
- No fees to pay which means no debt
- Opportunity to experience new challenges
How do you apply for an Apprenticeship?
Our website allows you to browse by sector and location, making it easier for you to find your dream job. You can apply for jobs on our website, or you will be directed to the application process on another. It is important to remember when you are applying for jobs that you have read the job specification carefully, that way you can tailor your CV or application to highlight your skills are what the employer is looking for. Don’t forget to sign up to our website for all the latest opportunities in your area.
Top tips for writing a CV:
SELL YOURSELF – A CV is an opportunity to promote yourself to an employer so make sure you leave a lasting impression.
ORIGINALITY – Do not just send generic CV’s, this does not show dedication, commitment or carefulness. By tailoring your CV to suit each job individually you are showing the employer you are keen to pursue a career with their organisation specifically.
SHORT BUT SWEET – Keep your CV no longer than two pages, be brief but informative. Less is more!
ATTENTION TO DETAIL – This is the biggest thing employers look for. If you can’t send a CV with good grammar and punctuation, why should they employ you? Use spell/grammar checks and get someone else to double check it.
CONTACT DETAILS – Ensure your contact details are clear and visible as well as correct. This is the only way employers will be able to contact you, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity.
Don’t have a CV? CLICK HERE for our CV template. When you are going for interview, CLICK HERE for advice and top tips on interview techniques and basics.
Top tips for results day:
- Stay positive
- Have a note of important contact numbers (e.g. UCAS, universities etc.)
- Don’t panic
- Remember it’s not the end of the world if you do not do as well as expected
- Have fun with your friends whatever the outcome
If you would like some advice then our team will be more than happy to answer any questions. You can give us a call on 01334 844 860 or alternatively you can tweet your questions to @App_in_Scotland or contact us via Facebook!
Useful numbers and links:
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also has a free helpline offering advice, information and support for young people and their parents.
The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm on 9 and 10 August and from 9am to 5pm until 17 August. The number to call is 0808 100 8000.
Help is available from qualified careers advisers who have unique access to information on UCAS course vacancies at UK colleges and universities, Confirmation and Clearing, advice about Modern or Foundation Apprenticeships, employment or volunteering.
You can find further information about your Scottish Qualifications Certificate here…
We wish you every success with whatever career path you choose!
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