GCSE results day: have you considered apprenticeships?
It's GCSE results day, and there's perhaps a growing sense of uncertainty for today's students. Exams are changing at both GCSE and A Level in a bid to make them more challenging, while university fees continue to rise to never-before seen levels in the UK.
Is it any wonder, then, that more and more students are turning to paths other than the traditional academic route? The apprenticeship of today is steadily proving itself to be a viable, alternate career route and shrugging off any outdated stereotypes.
For some, an exam will never be able to truly show their capabilities regardless of their affinity for a subject matter. An apprenticeship could allow students to flourish in an environment where they can put their practical skills to the test while continuing to work towards a qualification with the support of their employer.
There's also the added benefit of earning while you learn, with some studies suggesting that apprenticeships help young people to get a head-start on the property ladder, and whose lifetime earnings could outstrip those of graduates by up to 200%. Faced with the knowledge that university could come with a debt of well over £30,000, pursuing an apprenticeship could be far more viable for some students at the start of their career.
At Cosworth, we offer five apprenticeships every year in a wide variety of areas, from quality control to engine build to CNC manufacturing.
Our mentors are hand-picked to support our apprentices, who receive a wealth of knowledge and training from the best and most experienced engineers at Cosworth while gaining their qualifications.
Managing Director- Powertrain, Cosworth Bruce Wood says, "Apprenticeships offer value to both employees and employers, and slowly the stigma around them is decreasing. Our apprentices are getting hands-on experience while being supported through their studies by those around them. Many of our apprentices have been offered a full-time position at the end of their four-year programme, showcasing how the apprenticeship scheme has prepared them for the working environment. We're looking forward to our next batch of recruits joining us next month!"