University is not the only choice for academic students.
School Leaver Programmes/ Higher Apprenticeships, are aimed at students who have enough UCAS points to go to university but have decided instead to enter the world of work. Generally companies are looking for 240+ UCAS points.
There are many advantages to such programmes. They include:
• You will have no student debt
• You will start to earn a salary immediately
• Most programmes involve studying for further professional qualifications or a degree-these are paid for by the employer
• It can be easier to secure a post with a leading company as a school leaver rather than a graduate. Graduate schemes with the some companies are very rare
• Career progression can be comparative to those entering the workforce with a degree
There are now School Leaver programmes in all business sectors, from technical, commercial to creative. They are generally with FTSE 100 leading employers who offer good training programmes and pay competitive starting salaries.
There are also a number of sponsored degree programmes, where companies will sponsor you through your degree providing work placements during that time and generally a job on graduation.
Student Ladder is an excellent website that offers various routes for student choice after they leave school: http://www.studentladder.co.uk/
This site offers advice for successful UCAS applications, work placements, internships, graduate schemes and offers information, advice and guidance from GCSE through to graduation.
School leaver programmes or work experience opportunities are listed. These include ICT, financial, engineering, legal, human resource and accountancy opportunities.
British Airways, Bank of England, KPMG, Laing O’Rourke, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Siemens, Mars, Aviva, Channel 4, IBM, Boots and Harrods all offer school leavers’ programmes.
Similar opportunities are also advertised on:
Rate my Apprenticeship: http://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/top-employers
All About Careers: http://www.allaboutcareers.com/jobs
Labour Market Information
National Guidance Research Forum
This very informative website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/ngrf/ contains information about the labour market.
The Labour Market North-East
This website: http://www.labourmarketnortheast.co.uk/ shares regional labour market information. For those who wish to stay in the North East this is useful as you can see regional areas of growth and decline in various industries.
This website: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/announcements contains social and economic information, including data on the UK’s labour market.