Post 18 Alternatives

School Leaver Programme

School leaver programmes give you a direct route into the world of work post-18.

  • The benefits of going straight into work are numerous and begin with earning a wage while you’re learning – both on the job and formally.
  • There are also the benefits of learning new skills, meeting new people, travelling, and gaining the confidence and capabilities that come with working with people older and more knowledgeable than you.
  • Often employers will offer post-18 job options which allow you to develop into exactly the same end role as a graduate – just by taking a different route which may be better suited to you.
  • A typical school leaver programme will last between 12 months and five years, and may include obtaining a qualification as part of the programme objectives.

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Year in Industry

By doing a year in industry you’ll experience the world of employment and work on real life projects that impact a business. The learning is hands-on, meaning you acquire certain skills you can’t when sitting in a lecture.

  • A 9 to 12 month paid placement with one of 300 top UK companies, e.g. National Grid, Shell, Rolls Royce, L’Oreal etc
  • They have placements for students interested in a wide variety of areas.
  • You will receive full support through a year-long mentoring service, including on-site visits from the Year in Industry team and free management training.
  • Each year around 25% of all Year in Industry students end up being sponsored through university.
  • Many of the 300 partner companies see the Year in Industry as an important part of their recruitment programme.
  • All their placements give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.
  • You can complete the placement in a GAP year prior to university or to gain experience for employment.

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Gap Year

A gap year offers you the opportunity to gain skills and experiences, while giving you time to reflect and focus on what you want to do next.

  • A productive gap year can be valuable on your CV – many employers value the experiences students have gained if they’ve actively managed their time, set themselves goals, and stretched themselves.
  • A gap year can also enhance your higher education studies – if you decide to apply for uni, you could tailor your gap year to relate it to the subject area you plan to study.
  • Admissions tutors know that some students may take a little time to adjust to studying again, but many former gap year students are generally more focused and responsible.

Click here for more information on gap years.

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