Career Pathways

Apprenticeships are top of the education agenda with the government setting some serious targets for growth. We are playing catch up with some countries who have grown their systems to be significant parts of the economy such as Germany and Australia.

However some industries in the UK have a long history and well established apprenticeship scheme such as Engineering, Nuclear Energy and car manufacturing not soft choices at all. There are now apprenticeships blossoming in many sectors from digital skills to horticulture.

You can see that apprenticeships have some academic clout from the comparisons below and when the average university student is incurring £40,000 of debt while apprentices earn a wage and gain real work experience you can see why hundreds of thousands are now choosing for this option.

Apprenticeship Levels

Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A*to C
Advanced 3 2 A-Level passes
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or masters degree

If you are interested in an apprenticeship but feel you need to gain some more experience and skills before you enter a work environment then there are a range of programmes to give you the skills and experience you need. These study programmes or traineeships are great if you like smaller groups, more work orientated skills rather than school. Our fast track for employment allows you to choose from eight different industries to base your learning on from horticulture to fitness.

The diagram below lays out how you can progress from school to work via a number of routs both academic and vocational. The choice is yours.

Start at the bottom and find your best way to employment at the top.