There are so many different post 16 options now it is hardly surprising that everyone is so confused by it all. Think about when your parents or grandparents were 15-16 years old. You’d go on to this course, which would then get you this exact job, but the employment world isn’t like that anymore.
The wonderful thing about all of this choice is there is really a viable option for everyone, you could go to university and do a typical degree, you could go straight into employment, you could even do an apprenticeship. This allows students of all capabilities and needs to find something that suits them.
One of the options is a Degree Apprenticeship. As the title says it is an apprenticeship where you work, earn and learn but in the end, you will gain a degree from a partnered university. Higher level apprenticeships do already exist where you have the option to undertake a degree or not, on a Degree Apprenticeship the university study is mandatory. Another difference is that you would be regarded with full-time employment status, rather than student status. This way you will have the benefits of being a full-time employee with support from HR, mentors and managers but also you will have the learning and pastoral assistance from the university.
As well as holding employment status your tuition and training costs are settled between the university and the employer. So, you don’t need a student loan, and you’ll receive a wage throughout your course. You’ll receive minimum, the apprentice National Minimum Wage.
The subjects that you can take for a Degree Apprenticeship are Vocational subjects that require a high level of academia. They range from aerospace engineering to nursing, from construction to business management. Equally, the number of companies providing Degree Apprenticeships has jumped in the last few years and these include Santander; GlaxoSmithKline; BMW; and Rolls Royce. The length of the Degree Apprenticeship depends upon the employer you work for. You’ll study using a flexible study method determined to suit the employer’s needs and so a Degree Apprenticeship can run from one to six years. The learning can be done through distance learning, blended learning or even block mode learning which is where you’ll take a period of full-time study away from your full-time work.
So how do you ‘win’ one of these Degree Apprenticeships?
With these 6 principles:
For more information about Apprenticeships or any post 16 option please do not hesitate to contact our Candidate Engagement and Media Co-Ordinator Charlotte Allen.
Charlotte is a qualified Art teacher and SEN Champion. Starting her career in film and galleries in London she soon moved onto working in a secondary school as a Teaching Assistant becoming the Autism Specialist. Charlotte then went on to teach English and Art, with SEN specialism. Since leaving full-time teaching she travels to schools up and down the country leading workshops and talks on SEN Provision and Strategies, Art Therapy Workshops for staff and students and career/ CV workshops.