GCSE Results Day: What are your next steps?

Written on: 23 August 2018
Written by:Freya King

We hope you’ve been enjoying some well-deserved time off after finishing your GCSEs.

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for, but whatever results you get, you should feel proud, as making it through school is no easy task.

When thinking about what to do next, it’s important that you consider all of your options carefully. There are many different paths available to you, whether you want to go on to do A Levels, a BTEC, or an apprenticeship.

It can seem like a stressful time, but change is good.

If you have a clear idea of the profession that you’d like to go into, you’re already off to a strong start. Doing an apprenticeship in that job role can be an excellent way to get your foot in the door.

Even if you have no idea what job you want to do, don’t worry. Many young people are in exactly the same position, and can be left confused by conflicting careers advice.

We’ve found that apprenticeships aren’t always recommended as a desirable option for pupils in schools. But in reality, starting an apprenticeship straight after finishing your GCSEs can put you in an advantageous position.

You can start earning your own money right away, and unlike university, you won’t be getting yourself into debt to fund your education.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, but due to government funding rules, many employers may prefer to take on 16 to 18-year olds, so it can be the ideal time to start gaining experience in the workplace.

If you don’t already have a CV, now is the perfect time to make one. You can include your GCSE results, skills, and any work experience that you may have.

Having self-taught technical knowledge can look very impressive, but don’t forget to include your human skills too! When recruiting for our apprenticeships, we look out for skills like communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity.

You can search and apply for our current vacancies here.

Written on: 23 August 2018
Written by:Freya King