Young people who have just received exam results should consider starting a career with apprenticeship, says Hertfordshire County Council.
Thousands of people are taking up the earn while you learn approach, and one them is Tania Noble, 19, from Broxbourne.
She was a business administration apprentice at Hertfordshire County Council and completed the scheme earlier this year.
Tania said: “I’m so glad I chose an apprenticeship as having the support of the council behind me has really helped me to grow personally and professionally.”
Apprenticeship schemes across all sectors are a great alternative to university or further education.
The schemes are diverse and cover a range of career paths and can be a great way to get ahead in the field you want to work in- and be paid while you learn.
Across Hertfordshire, there is a vast choice of apprenticeships - from hairdressing to accountancy, with an average wage of £138 per week (as of March 2015). That’s £56 more than the national minimum for apprentices elsewhere around the country.
There are more than 300 apprenticeship roles available across Hertfordshire, and this includes the county council which has its own intake of recruits every single year.
Tania added: “Completing the business administration apprenticeship has given me the skills I need to move on to more challenging and diverse roles. It has prepared me for a career in a variety of different fields, thanks to the transferable skills I have learnt. It has also given me the experience of working 9-5, earning a decent wage while gaining a qualification, and given me the opportunity to experience new and exciting things.”
David Williams, Hertfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for enterprise, education and skills, said: “Young people like Tania are gaining valuable skills in the workplace, earning a wage and learning while they’re working. Hertfordshire County Council’s apprenticeship scheme offers excellent opportunities in a wide variety of roles from health and social care, highways to HR.
“I’d really encourage businesses to consider taking on apprentices as there are many benefits. It can be a cost-effective way of recruiting and apprentices can help develop innovative ideas within your organisation. It’s also a great opportunity to train the future managers of your business.”
Apprenticeships provide a wage and a professional qualification on completion. The schemes also enable apprentices to build up key skills to do the job in hand and learn how to present themselves appropriately in the workplace.
For more information and support on apprenticeships in Hertfordshire, or at Hertfordshire County Council visit: www.youthconnexions-hertfordshire.org/careers/jobs-apprenticeships/
You can also search for further education courses and jobs on this website or call 0800 389 3258 for a free job matching service from Youth Connexions employment team. You can also get in touch on Twitter – follow @hertsjobs16to19 or use the hashtag #YCResults15 from 13 – 22 August to get advice on what to do next after the exam results.