A Level Results Day
I am sure parents and their teens are aware – A Level results day two weeks today! That’s right 16 August 2018!
This is a time to keep calm. Enjoy the sunshine. And DON’T WORRY!!
However, I have been thinking. A good friend of mine’s first son went to university. Her second son decided university was not for him and researched the apprenticeship route.
Now I know very little about apprenticeships, so I am trying to have a dig and give an idiot’s (or parent’s) guide to what to expect.
What is the difference between university and apprenticeships?
By going to university, your teen potentially has access to an open ended course. That means, they study a course such as Sociology and then decide on their futures once they have completed their degree. However, there are University Fees to pay annually of £9,250. Your teen will, perhaps, live away and will, therefore, need a Maintenance Grant as well. It is, I believe, an incredible way to change environment, move away (albeit usually only temporarily) from the family environment and learn how to manage their finances – as well as gaining a degree in a subject they will hopefully be able to use in the future. But who knows….
On the otherhand, apprenticeships are much more specific. It can be a great alternative to university. Here are some of the pluses:
On the job learning
No fees to be paid
Earning whilst learning
Hands on experience
You will receive a qualification such as an NVQ or HNC
You could decide to go on to university!
The Sutton Trust have done recent research at the start of July 2018. Their research discovered that 64% of teens, at school, were interested in taking an apprenticeship, which has risen from 55% in 2014. However, it was said that teens felt that the option of being an apprentice was not fully supported in schools. I have added the link to this research here
So what is an apprentice?
There are three types of apprenticeship courses:
Foundation (try out the career at it could lead to higher qualifications)
Higher (knowledge based working towards HND or foundation degree)
Apprenticeship (on the job training)
The different criteria is because there are different level of qualifications
I found this article really helpful. I didn’t want to plagiarise this. It’s so much easier to attach!
The decision is not yours!
Perhaps, by now, your teen has a good plan in two week’s time. However, there are so many great choices out there!
Knowledge is so important! We are here to help our teens to get on and move forward. The Invisible Thread begins even before they leave home.
Please let me know your thoughts and what this means to you.