Going to university is not the only option available to bright students. With the significant cost of a degree combined with its potential devaluation and reduction in teaching time, you may want at least to consider your options. There are a number of firms offering very attractive Apprenticeship and School Leaver Programmes. These are well paid and you may find run parallel to many graduate schemes.
They have the attraction of being potentially less competitive at A level entry, therefore gaining you entry into an organisation that you may struggle to secure as a graduate, when the competition is fiercer. You will also be debt free and have a full time job at the end.
In addition most employers will sponsor some sort of relevant qualification, where they will not only pay your tuition fees but also provide you time off to study in the form of day or block release or full time education. This is whilst also being paid a salary. So you will end up with a respected and relevant qualification, as well as genuine work experience. Many of the firms are offering degree apprenticeships which means you will be studying for a BSc or a BA. Others will sponsor your full time degree and provide you paid work experience in your holidays.
The majority of the apprenticeships listed on the site are either degree or higher level meaning they require A Levels or equivalent. You will also generally be starting with a cohort of other apprentices.
J.P Morgan – Degree Apprenticeships in Financial Services, Software Engineering and Technology.JP MorganBournemouth, London, Glasgow
Siemens – Higher and Degree ApprenticeshipsSiemensUK Wide
Nestle – Higher & Degree ApprenticeshipNestleGatwick, York, Dublin
Dentons – Bright Future Apprenticeship Solicitor ProgrammeDentonsLondon