Jobs and School Leaver Programmes

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Apprenticeships aren’t the only alternative to university, more and more employers are realising that many young people are interested in going straight into a job after 6th form but one that will offer them the opportunity to gain further qualifications whilst gaining valuable experience.

School leaver programmes may give you the opportunity to attend university on a part time basis or they may offer training in-house at the company’s own training centre. There isn’t much difference between the 2 options other than the name. Employers are looking for motivated young people who they can train up within their own organisation.

Sponsored degree programmes may also be available with some employers. You will be able to study part time for a degree related to the job the company have employed you for. It takes longer but hopefully at the end of it you’ll have a job, good career prospects and money in the bank!!

Why Choose this Option?

By the time other young people are leaving university you will have

* a minimum of 3 years work experience

* earned money rather than be in debt

* gained, or be working towards, higher level qualifications

* gained valuable employability skills and references.

All this will give you a good foundation from which to build your career on. With qualifications and experience behind you, you’ll be in a strong position to apply for other job vacancies or you may decide to return to education to gain higher level qualifications.

Where to Look for Opportunities.

To look for advertised jobs there are lots of places to search – Jobcentre Plus, local newspapers such as the Birmingham Mail, employment agencies, company websites, milkround.com. If a company has a vacancy there will always be details of this on their own website – scroll down on their Homepage and at the bottom you’ll usually find a section that says ‘Careers’ or ‘Work with Us’.

There are also dedicated websites such as www.directions.org.uk – a website offering careers information & advice on careers in law & the financial sector. They regularly advertise opportunities with companies such as Aviva, KPMG & Barclays.

See also the Useful Websites section for links to job search sites.