Apprentices - Get a Head Start
Wednesday 22 August 2012 9:57 AM
As this year’s “A” level results dominate the media and young people experience excitement, satisfaction and disappointment, there are also hard choices to be made about going to university. Research from Oxford University suggests that students will be very selective and will be reluctant to accept offers from universities not on their short list.
Students beginning courses this autumn will be the first to pay higher tuition fees of up to £9,000 per year.
Although three quarters of sixth formers believe that graduates will eventually earn more than non-graduates there is concern over the level of debt which results from a student loan.
There are early indications that the high tuition fees are putting off students who are anxious about the debts they will carry into their working life.
City & Guilds, the vocational qualifications awarding body, have reported a dramatic increase in applications for high level apprenticeships.
There are more Apprenticeship opportunities available in England than ever and young people can earn a good salary from day one rather than start accumulating debt.
The Government is keen to see an increase in Apprenticeship take up and have introduced a subsidy for employers offering places.
From 17th August 2012 employers offering an Apprenticeship opportunity to a young person under the age of 24 will receive a grant of £1,500.
This measure is designed to encourage employers to participate in the Apprenticeship programme and will increase the number of places available.
Apprenticeships are now available in a variety of industries and occupations at levels 3 and 4, which are equivalent to “A” levels and above.
“Currently there are more opportunities than ever for young people, particularly those who decide in an Apprenticeship programme rather than further and higher education. Apprenticeships are the perfect opportunity for young people to start a career, earn a good salary and get a head start in the working world” John Herman, Managing Director of Intec Business Colleges.
John continues “Making the right choice in your career is crucial – Apprenticeships can offer a wealth of opportunity and build your skills, knowledge and opportunity. We are currently working with many companies to recruit Apprentices across the UK”.
Intec is one of the UK’s leading work based training organisations. Intec delivers Apprenticeship Programmes, National Vocational Qualifications, Computer Software Training and an Apprenticeship Recruitment Service to companies and their employees throughout the country. Intec works in partnership with Government funding bodies principally the Skills Funding Agency to provide Companies with staff training and development solutions. Intec’s aim is to help people and organisations to develop their skills to improve their performance and future prospects.
For more information on applying for or placing a vacancy freephone 0808 100 1155 or visit getoncourse.net