Apprenticeship options open for GCSE students

9th August 2018, 10:30am | By catherinerussell |

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wiltshire Council is offering plenty of support for students who wish to consider apprenticeships following GCSE results day. A Drop in Session, open to all parents and children from Year 8 upwards will take place as follows:

  • 23 August 2018
  • 11:30am to 1:30pm
  • Atrium, County Hall, Trowbridge

 

Advisers will be available to answer questions about apprenticeships.

There will also be a Presentation and a chance to ask questions from 12.30-1pm which will include the following topics:

  • Pay
    ● The range of careers apprenticeships can lead to
    ● What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?
    ● Who can do an apprenticeship?

Laura Mayes, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Education, said: “More and more Wiltshire employers are offering apprentices a chance to study for A Level-standard qualifications while also working and earning a wage.

“Apprenticeships are changing beyond recognition, opening career pathways in industries not normally associated with apprenticeships.”

“They can be a terrific option for the right candidates.”

For example, Goughs Solicitors – with offices in Chippenham, Corsham, Calne, Trowbridge, Melksham and Devizes – see apprenticeships as a big part of their recruitment. From September 2018 they are giving young people the opportunity to study a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship. They hope to set successful apprentices on the way to Solicitor Apprenticeships – which would include a fully-funded law degree.

In South West Wiltshire, the number of Advanced Apprenticeship starts – equivalent to A Levels – has increased by more than 60% in the last three years.

In 2016/17 there were more than 470 Level 3 apprenticeship starts in South West Wiltshire, compared to 290 in 2013/14.

 

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