Choosing your next step after leaving school is a tough decision and requires serious thought and consideration. However, don’t let yourself get worked up about it; consider all of your options and decide on the best way to proceed. Also, it’s really important to remember that your parents/guardians and teachers are there to help, so don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance.


Apprenticeships are often misunderstood and as a result of this, overlooked. An outline of the fundamentals of apprenticeships should help you understand exactly what an apprenticeship is really about. As an apprentice, you get paid whilst learning on-the-job and gaining experience in a real working environment. This gives you an understanding of the workplace, a chance to learn through a hands-on approach and also get paid for it. An apprenticeship gives young people the soft skills and technical skills in order to succeed in the workplace. These include being on time, wearing the correct attire and working efficiently in a team, as well as many more.

Learning from experienced colleagues is arguably the most efficient way of learning. The ability to watch, listen and then implement what you’ve seen almost immediately is crucial for young people to significantly develop their skills. Apprentices get to experience exactly how things work and then perform these skills to the best of their ability.

Gaining two (or more) years of work experience gives the apprentice an employability factor that helps when standing out from the crowd. Employers often state that someone needs experience… and the frustration for young people is that they are often not experienced enough. An apprenticeship offers a practical starting place for young people and as mentioned previously, gives them all the skills they need to have a successful career.

Understanding Your Options

Comparing and contrasting options for the future and ultimately making that decision can be daunting to say the least. As mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are people to help such as parents/guardians and teachers. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance in order to know exactly what each option involves and give yourself every chance to make the best decision based on how you feel. Understanding yourself (as well as your options) is just as important. It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to do, that’s normal!

For some young people, an apprenticeship will sound great… to others, they may see traditional university as a more appealing option. If you would prefer to gain on-the-job experience and get paid for it as well as learning theories in the classroom, take a look at degree apprenticeships, a perfect combination!

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