So where does this leave you?
Reviewing your options?
Are you getting enough out of your education?
In contrast, an apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to earn while you learn and gain an industry recognised qualification without getting into university debt. All of the 3500 businesses we work with must pay their apprentices at least minimum wage, and there are also grants and other funding opportunities available to you. Read more about costs and funding available to apprentices here.
With an apprenticeship, the career progression opportunities are endless. After qualifying as an electrician or a plumber for example, you could become self-employed, which would enable you to select the jobs that suit you and manage your own financial goals. Apprentices can even get ahead of university graduates because they have gained vital on the job experience, with many apprentices being fast tracked into managerial or associated careers. Learn more about the opportunities an apprenticeship can lead to by watching these short videos.
There is also plenty of industry support available to our employers; BSE employers for example are supported by industry bodies such as the ECA, NICEIC & ELECSA who have issued advice and guidance on working safely during COVID-19. This has allowed many employers to continue to operate and enabled apprentices to continue to learn the practical skills they need to complete their training.
Reluctant to return to university?
The University Watchdog has said students applying for university places in England must be told with “absolute clarity” how courses will be taught before they make choices for the Autumn. Unfortunately, at JTL we cannot predict when face-to-face learning will resume, but we can reassure prospective learners that JTL apprenticeships will lead to jobs that are essential to our economy. All of our courses offer aspiring tradespeople a foot in the door, as well as an increased chance of securing a job in their chosen industry.
As well as developing an online learning provision for our learners, to enable them to continue to progress with their apprenticeships throughout the current Coronavirus pandemic, they also have a dedicated training offer. Once you have enrolled on your JTL apprenticeship your training officer will be on hand to offer support and guidance for the duration of your course, offering invaluable advice which is particularly relevant during the current situation.
Perhaps this time at home has made you realise that university isn’t for you, and this extra time spent distancing from family and friends has left you feeling reluctant about returning. You can read more about waving goodbye to university and trying an apprenticeship instead here.
Parents and Guardians, if your child is facing uncertainty about going to university and is struggling to decide what their next steps should be, we know you will want to help as much as you can. Refer to the FAQ page on our website for further information and guidance.