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A Level Results Day - What Happens Next?
photo by Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Today's the day when images of teenagers clutching their A level results fill news feeds throughout England and Wales.

For many, the culmination of months and years of study, it's however just the first day on a journey that will see nearly 650,000 undergraduates embark on University courses this Autumn.

Successful school and college leavers, faced with annual fees of £9,250 and an interest rate of 6.1% are however increasingly rejecting this traditional route.

They're looking instead at the opportunities afforded by Apprenticeships and have been quick to grasp the benefits and possibilities on offer.

Joy Stewart, Head of Skills and Development at GM Chamber comments:

"Apprenticeships are a great way for businesses to recruit talented individuals with a real drive to excel in the workplace, and to develop in them specific skills needed by the company."

Government figures back up the experience of businesses and apprentices alike, outlining:

photo by Tallis Photography
Benefits to employers:

Apprenticeships enable businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products;
87% of employers said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme;
76% of employers say that productivity has improved; -
75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service;
Traineeships offer small businesses an opportunity to help build a pool of high quality future recruits for their sector standards in development.

Benefits to the apprentice

After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer;
A quarter of former apprentices had been promoted (23%) within 12 months of finishing;
89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship; 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved;
Those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime

A Level Results Day - What Happens Next?, 17th August 2017, 6:00 AM