What are the alternatives to Sixth Form?
If you’ve decided that full time education is not for you, but would like to study a part time course alongside work or train within a job role, there are many options available to you.
Here are some alternatives to Sixth Form for proactive young people who want to become more employable.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is designed to combine work and study to provide a rounded experience by working at a real job for four days of the week and studying towards a qualification related to that role on the remaining day.
You can either begin work in the job of your choice or progress to the next level of the apprenticeship in order to enter the same career path at a higher level. There are four levels of apprenticeship. These include:
- Intermediate – equivalent to five passes at GCSE
- Advanced – equivalent to two passes at A level
- Higher – equivalent to a foundation degree
- Degree – equivalent to a bachelors or masters degree
What are the benefits of apprenticeships?
92% of those who had completed apprenticeships in 2016 and 2017 said that doing so had improved their future career prospects.
There is no doubt that completing an apprenticeship is an excellent way of gaining nationally recognised qualifications while also accumulating practical work experience – and both things are sure to stand apprentices in good stead in the world of work.
In addition to the above, apprenticeships also help candidates to develop transferable skills such as good communication and teamwork, which will also contribute to future job success.
What is a traineeship?
A traineeship, like an apprenticeship, combines education and work experience for a balanced form of education that prepares the candidate for entering the workforce. Traineeships can last anywhere up to six months. They will involve:
- Training by the organisation to prepare the candidate for work
- Support in English and mathematics if required
- Work experience with a high quality and legitimate employer
At the end of the traineeship they are guaranteed an interview if an appropriate role has become available in the company they are working for. If not, the trainee will receive an exit interview with detailed feedback on their performance in the role to help them in their search for employment.
What are the benefits of traineeships?
A traineeship is ideal for diligent and motivated young people (typically between the ages of 16 and 24) who are looking for a job but do not yet have the skills or experience required for proper employment.
A traineeship gives the candidate a taste of what it is like to be in the workplace as well as giving them a chance to form professional contacts and gain high quality feedback on their performance.
What is the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?
Generally candidates require a pass in English and mathematics at GCSE level in order to be accepted onto an apprenticeship. For this reason, traineeships are a good option for those who do not have the English and maths skills necessary to be accepted as an apprentice.
An apprenticeship also involves a set amount of time spent in the classroom, whereas trainees complete all of their training on the job.
What is an NVQ?
A National Vocational Qualification (commonly abbreviated to NVQ) is a work based qualification that demonstrates a candidate’s ability to do a specific job based on national occupational standards.
The NVQ course measures the candidate’s skills, knowledge and understanding of the role and confirms that they are capable of undertaking the tasks associated with it. A candidate may undertake an NVQ as part of an apprenticeship.