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Apprenticeships are a great way to earn whilst you learn – and with nearly 200 roles available across the UK, there’s likely to be something suited to you (as long as you are over the age of 16). Although you aren’t usually expected to have a wealth of qualifications or experience for an apprenticeship, depending upon your GCSE Maths and English grades, you may be expected to take a literacy and numeracy test. If you are aged between 16 and 24 and need to improve these areas, then it’s advisable to consider joining the Access to Apprenticeship scheme run by the National Apprenticeship Service. The minimum wage for apprentices aged under 19 (or over 19 in the first year of their apprenticeship) is £2.65 per hour. Wages can vary, but the average take-home figure is £170 per week. Furthermore, like the majority of employees, you will get at least 20 days’ paid holiday per year.
(Higher National certificates) for people seeking a higher education level of course. For NVQ courses available near you, visit www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.
If you’re looking for a part-time higher education course to suit you, why not consider the Open University (OU) that has more than 250,000 students. The OU offers a variety of distance-learning courses; ideal if you wish to fit study around employment or childcare. The majority of undergraduate programmes available do not insist on formal entry requirements or qualifications so are available to all. Financial support is available for the majority of students if required. See www.open.ac.uk for more about the courses that the OU has to offer.
NVQs are competence-based qualifications that allow you to learn work-related skills whilst you work. Studying for an NVQ alongside a job is a great way to improve your knowledge and implement your new skills as you go along. Studying for such a qualification is ideal whether you’re seeking to get your first qualification or to top up your knowledge. NVQs begin at entry level certificates (suited for those looking to get some basic, functional skills in English and Maths for example) right up to level 5 with HNCs
Want to find out more about becoming an apprentice? Head to the National Apprenticeship Service’s website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk for more information.
Universities tend to welcome mature students – they often show enthusiasm, which frequently comes as a result of work and general life experience. A significant percentage of fulltime students across the UK are mature; with the majority of parttime students at unis made up of mature students (48.6% of mature undergraduates enrolled on parttime degree courses in 2008-9). Many universities offer flexible learning programmes for mature students that allow you to tailor your studying around your prior commitments. Some employers offer sponsorship for employees whilst they gain a work-based qualification, so if you’re keen to progress within your field, then it is definitely worth consulting your company to see whether they support work-based learning. Entrance requirements tend to be more flexible for mature students in comparison to younger applicants (who are likely to have studied A-Levels) with a variety of qualifications generally accepted, for example: the majority of institutions will accept Access course or Open University credits. If you have not studied for any formal qualifications in the past few years, then look into attending an Access course at your local college.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - Yorkshire 2012/13
THE FAIRY JOBMOTHER
THE BURN TO LEARN
RECRUIT A CAREER
RECRUIT A CAREER
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Jobs and Careers - Yorkshire 2012/13 - THE BURN TO LEARN (Page 7)
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