When you finish your A-Levels, you may choose to pursue an apprenticeship or a university degree.
An apprenticeship may be a great choice if you want to pursue a particular career while still earning money. There are many opportunities for great apprenticeships.
However, if you are thinking about doing an apprenticeship, there are five factors you should consider:
1. If you’re unsure whether to pursue a degree or an apprenticeship after A Levels, applying for both is usually a good idea. You can always turn down a university offer if you get an apprenticeship.
2. Higher Apprenticeships, which are higher education level credentials (Level 4+), are now offered in over 40 professional areas. Employers are demanding A Levels and comparable Level 3 qualifications as entry requirements.
3. Higher and degree apprenticeships are likely to be very competitive!
4. If you lack appropriate job-specific experience, you may be required to do an Advanced Apprenticeship, even though they are the same level credentials (Level 3) as A Levels; nevertheless, you may be able to complete it quicker than a 16-year-old.
5. Higher Apprenticeship qualifications are not available in all sectors, so be sure to check to see whether they are available in the one you want to work in.