Regardless of whether or not you got the exam grades you were hoping for, there are a wide range of options for you to consider, an apprenticeship being one of them.
An apprenticeship is a work based learning programme that helps you to develop professional skills and gain a nationally recognised level 2-5 qualification, while earning a salary – making it an excellent career choice. Anyone who is over 16, living in Wales and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.
In the past year alone Welsh training provider ACT has helped over 6,500 16-24 year olds achieve their career ambition with apprenticeship programmes.
John Oates from Cardiff is just one of the many thousands of young people who is now thriving in a career he loves. John is an apprentice baker at Brod, the award-winning Danish bakery in Cardiff. He knew nothing about baking when he first started but now he is a vital part of the business, baking delicious sweet and savoury goods that sell out each day.
After completing a Diploma in Food Production and Cooking, John can now progress onto a Level 3 Diploma and take his learning further.
John shares his top three reasons why he chose an apprenticeship.
If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is an ideal way to help you become work-ready. A traineeship is a fantastic pre-apprenticeship training programme that prepares 16-18 year olds for the world of work. Having spent most of your time in school or college, you will need a helping hand progressing from education to the workplace – and this is what a traineeship is for.
For more information, or to apply for an apprenticeship, visit www.acttraining.org.uk