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School leaver programmes, which is the right one for you?

Amanjit Dhillon - Friday, February 12, 2016

For those of you in your final years about to decide on the right option to take post GCSEs or A-Levels, how much have you actually considered school lever programmes…or in fact know what they are?

A school leavers programme is a type of programme/qualification that offers just as good alternative to university that you begin once leaving full time education.

Types of school leaver programmes…

  • Traineeships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Internships
  • Sponsored degrees

There are lots of benefits when taking up these types of after school alternatives, forget the stereotype of “you’ll get a better job with a university degree” that is definitely a thing of the past!

Unlike a university education, school leaver programmes allow you to be more specific in your field of work. Certain employers in certain industries want t offer young people the chance to gain experience and word towards a future career instead of just the end of their qualification.

These benefits apply to both the students and the business hiring them. Companies want to be able to access fresh new talent and have them work for them to contribute to new and existing projects. Being about the train a workforce from an early age and have them work up through the company is much more beneficial for their procedures…hence the amount of available roles out there!

Now with the new minimum wage increase that launched back in October 2015 (£3.60) most employers actually pay around the £7 an hour mark, which is a great full=time salary to start on straight out of school.

A lot of students worry about the range of industries that offer these schemes when leaving school, but the reality is there is SO MUCH choice out there nowadays. With nearly 200 industries now offering apprenticeships at various levels, there’s a great range of diversity across all the types of school leaver programmes.


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