GCSE Results Day one month on: Still unsure about your future? Vocational routes are still open

September 20th, 2018

Youngsters who are still considering their future a month after GCSE results day are reminded there is still time to enrol onto vocational courses that can quickly lead to employment.

Young people in England must remain in education until age 18 – and national training provider Skills Training UK is highlighting the wide range of vocational options still available for those wanting to pursue an alternative route to traditional college or sixth-form.

Skills Training UK offers three vocational routes for young people: Level 2 Technical Certificates, Traineeships, and Apprenticeships. Technical Certificates (for 16 to 18-year olds) and Traineeship programmes (for 16 to 24-year-olds) offer a qualification in a specific work sector, such as customer service, business enterprise, manufacturing and warehousing, or hospitality. Through a mix of classroom-based and practical work experience, learners are supported to achieve vocational qualifications and skills which will help them to reach their next level of study, an Apprenticeship, or full-time employment.

Skills Training UK tutors offer support for young people who may have struggled at school, or who are unemployed, or who have few or no qualifications. Learners are motivated to achieve skills such as CV writing and interview techniques, while also improving their English and maths.

Graham Clarke, Director of Education and Social Mobility at Skills Training UK, said: “On the one-month anniversary of GCSE Results Day, we’d like to remind young people and their parents or carers that the vocational door to their post-16 education future is still very much open.

“We know that some might still be unsure about what to do next, but vocational qualifications offer young people a different pathway into a job, an Apprenticeship, college or university. Our programmes help young people to think about what career they’re interested in, meet employers, learn practical skills and boost their confidence so that they’re ready to take the next step, whatever it may be.”

Apprenticeships are another practical route for people of any age, offering ‘on-the-job’ training whilst working towards a qualification in a specific sector. Skills Training UK works with a range of employers to create bespoke programmes that directly address employers’ needs, ensuring learners have a real opportunity to progress.

Mansi Desai (pictured), 18, of Edgware, gained qualifications in Business Administration, Customer Service, and Personal Development and Employability at Skills Training UK’s Wembley centre this summer – laying the groundwork for a fulfilling career in the world of business.

She said: “I left school and did a course in hairdressing but wasn’t sure what to do next. Jobcentre Plus recommended Skills Training UK and I loved my journey. I learned how to develop my skills and gain confidence, and received great support.”

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Tribikram Chakrabarti (pictured above), of Ealing, who dropped out of college, turned his life around by studying towards a Business Administration Technical Certificate with Skills Training UK earlier this year – and landed a four-week work placement at a Hilton Hotel during his course.

“I particularly enjoyed the digital administration module,” he said. “It gave me the essential knowledge and understanding I’ll need to hopefully work in the world of business and administration one day. I also received great support throughout.”

In Brighton, Callum Evans (pictured below), 20, has profoundly changed his life after finding his calling in the NHS – after completing a Hospitality Traineeship with Skills Training UK in his home town. Callum, who also achieved qualifications in English and maths, was offered a full-time position as a Catering Assistant at Mill View Hospital in Hove following a work placement.

Callum said: “I never thought I’d end up working in the NHS but it’s been so rewarding. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Skills Training UK and I’m incredibly thankful for the skills I learned during my traineeship and for the tutors who helped build my communication skills.”

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