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83% of QA Apprentices have permanent jobs after their training
QA Apprenticeships offers A Level and GCSE students another career route in IT, sales and business as university fees rise for the first time.
Young people across England get their exam results this month, knowing that their decision over what steps to take next could be their most crucial career choice, before their professional lives have even begun.
As university fees rise to £9,000 per year for the first time, UCAS applications are down almost 10% in England in 2012. Thousands of young people are considering other paths from university, as they weigh up the sheer level of potential debt against the true value of their university course in the real world and in a competitive job market.
Figures released today by local apprenticeships provider QA Apprenticeships highlight the effectiveness of commercial and IT apprenticeships as a route into a successful career without university debt. Apprentices combine government funded training with a real full-time job.
- 100% of QA Apprentices have jobs from day one of their apprenticeship
- 83% have permanent jobs after their training
- Prospects with great local and global employers such as BSkyB, Atos and Capgemini
- Microsoft - IT Systems & Networking
- Software & Web Development
- Professional Sales
- Project Management
What our apprentices say
Jack Eker, a QA Apprentice from Woking says:
"After finishing college I heard about apprenticeships, they seemed like a great option so I applied to do Software and Web Development. I am now a software engineer at a large company where I am contracted for at least 6 years!
"Being an apprentice has helped me a lot, I have the skills to do my job, work experience, a great salary of £16000 a year and I am being put through a degree with my company so I'm definitely all set for the future."
Helen Kerr, a QA Apprentice from Glasgow has this to say:
"I left school as I wanted to get out and start earning money for myself. I wasn't sure which career path I wanted to take, although I knew I would like an apprenticeship because of the combined work and study, meaning I could still earn money and wouldn't need a degree to get myself a job.
"I absolutely love coming in to work every day. The people I work with have been fantastic mentors, showing me the basics like how to build and maintain a computer, and involving me in major projects like our server upgrade. They are always on hand to answer any questions I've got, and they are always willing to assist in my studies in any way possible.
What our employers say
Kevin Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Atos comments:
"At Atos we are committed to developing people, providing them with challenging and rewarding careers. Apprenticeship schemes are now a key part of our strategy for recruiting future talent into our business. In a time of such high youth unemployment it is great to be able to give real opportunities to young people and we are consistently finding that our apprentices are bringing a lot of energy, commitment and ideas to the business areas they work in"
Rebecca Plant, Higher Apprentice Programme Manager at Capgemini says:
"Young people considering their next move after receiving their A Level grades should be thinking very seriously about an apprenticeship and the opportunities that they offer.
"As a manager I admire the attitude and drive shown by apprentices to make their career decisions early on and start gaining the experience and qualifications that they will find invaluable in their job throughout their professional lifetime."