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“My apprenticeship allows me to combine my skills and passion for creativity in the digital sector and I get to earn whilst I learn on the job.”
Jannah, 20, software engineering degree apprentice at KPMG
Vocational technical qualifications (VTQs)
A VTQ gives you the opportunity to gain skills and experience in a specific job or a broad employment area, such as childcare or engineering.
“The 2 month traineeship was really good. It helped to build my confidence, prepare my CV and helped with my communication. The traineeship made me realise that this was what I wanted to do as a career.”
Nellie, 20, former trainee, now apprentice at Specsavers Hemel Hempstead
Joshua, 17, Digital Business Services T Level
Higher technical qualifications (HTQs)
"I joined the South-Central Institute of Technology in 2020 to advance my education in cyber security. It has been the best choice for me to experience working with employers and get the chance to explore different sectors of technology."
Deborah, 19, HND cyber security and networking
There are many different types of higher education qualifications, such as diplomas, degrees and foundation years.
“My supported internship has been the best opportunity of my life. My job coach from Lighthouse Futures Trust supported me every step of the way and helped me unlock my hidden potential. I'm now working for Johnson & Johnson and achieving things I never thought I would achieve.”
Josh, 20, DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson
“I had 6 months' paid work through the Kickstart scheme and now I have a permanent job and great career prospects.”
Tom, 25, kickstarter at Into Games
School leaver schemes
Some companies offer school leaver schemes to train you in a certain job after you've finished your A levels.