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Results day is finally here! – What next?

Posted by | 4th August 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

Results day is finally here!

You may be relying on certain grades to meet your conditional offer from a university or college. For others you may still be unsure about what to do and receiving your results might be highlighting the fact that you still don’t have a clue what to do next.  For some you may have had a total change of heart and want to reconsider the route you want to go down. Apprenticeships in Scotland have come up with a handy guide to explain all about apprenticeships, how to apply for an apprenticeship and the benefits of being an apprentice. You may not have got the grades you wanted at School but with an Apprenticeship you always get an A and will be well on your way to gaining valuable experience in your ideal career as well as an industry recognised qualification.

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 Facebook us!

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. A Modern 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 a lot out there open to individuals aged over 24.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on: prior skills levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.

Type of apprenticeships available

There are many different types of apprenticeships available there are 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.

Fun Facts:

  • There are over 70 types of Modern Apprenticeships available in Scotland, and growing
  • In 2012/13 there was £75 million worth of funding distributed by Skills Development Scotland for Modern Apprenticeships
  • 97% of Modern Apprentices would recommend apprenticeships to others
  • Employers believe that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications
  • After completing an apprentice 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
  •  On an average a former apprentice earns over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees
  • 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 apprentice you can carry on working, maybe get a promotion or go on to higher education

Benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship:

  • Earn a monthly income whilst gaining an industry recognised qualification
  • Gaining transferable skills that can be used in other jobs and industries
  • Opening yourself up to fantastic career prospects
  • No fees to pay which means no debt
  • Opportunity to experience new challenges
  • Apprenticeships can be demanding but are very rewarding
  • Apprenticeships train apprentices in the skills that employers are looking for, giving you choices in your career

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 are 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.

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