If GCSE results are on the horizon for you, you are likely to already be considering what comes next and the path you may wish to take.
Based on your performance in the examination room, sixth form and A-levels study is likely to be looming almost automatically.
But if further studies are not for you then why not consider an apprenticeship – an excellent alternative to A-levels.
Apprenticeships combine study with on-the-job, practical training.
This approach will throw you straight into working life and you will be learning from the best – industry professionals.
Moreover you will find yourself officially on the employment ladder, earning a living.
Apprenticeships are constantly growing in popularity, with more than half-a-million being taken up every single year by people aged between 16 and 18.
There are different levels to which you can study at. You can choose ‘Intermediate’, ‘Advanced’ or ‘Higher’ – and are all equivalent to school or college-based qualifications.
Students can apply for apprenticeships in a variety of sectors, offering a host of potential long-term and exciting career opportunities.