Taking the next step in life can feel daunting for anyone — especially for young people aged 14 to 19 facing key decisions, but help is at hand.
What should young people do after GCSEs? Should they choose the typical route to A levels and university, or is it better to explore one of the new technical education qualifications? What course would give the best job prospects?
Find out what’s out there
The decision they make today could affect the rest of their lives, and that can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, the new Get the Jump hub on the National Careers Service website can help take the stress out of young people’s next move.
The hub brings together all post-16 and post-18 education and training choices in one place and offers the opportunity to speak directly to a careers adviser. This makes it much easier for young people to make an informed decision — whether that’s T Levels, A levels, university, apprenticeships, a Higher Technical Qualification or something else.
Land the skills employers need
Reach the next level with T Levels: Designed for 16 to 19-year-olds to take after GCSEs, these are a mix of 80% learning in the classroom and 20% on a meaningful industry placement. Broadly equivalent in size to three A Levels, T Levels were designed with businesses to give the skills that employers need in sectors like construction, digital, engineering, childcare, health and accounting. They could lead to higher education, an apprenticeship or skilled employment.
The decision they make today could affect the rest of their lives.
Start earning, keep learning with an apprenticeship
Work alongside experienced staff to learn while you earn a wage. There are over 600 different apprenticeships with levels to suit everyone, including degree apprenticeships.
There are no tuition fees. An apprenticeship could lead to higher education, another apprenticeship or a job.
Get specialist skills with HTQs
Learn technical skills in the classroom. Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs) are an alternative to apprenticeships or degrees, approved by employers. Available now in the digital sector, and from Sept 2023 in construction or health and science. HTQs could lead to further study or a job.
This is an exciting time for young people to explore all the education and training opportunities that are out there – from T Levels and A levels to apprenticeships, Higher Technical Qualifications and more. And for free advice and support, speak to a National Careers Adviser.