esults day has passed and the dust has settled. Now it is time to look towards the future. Even if you missed out on the grades you wanted there are a wide range of opportunities available for young school leavers in Wales.
Are all of your friends starting college or work? Are you unsure about your next steps? Feel like you have missed your chance? Remember, it’s never too late to take the first step towards your future.
In recent years, around 86% of school leavers in Wales have stayed in full-time education. There is a wide range of courses available in 6th form and further education colleges and for some of these there is still time to apply.
Coleg Gwent is running a late enrollment open evening on 7th September 4.30pm-7pm. The college run a wide range of courses right up to university level, so it is worth going along to see what’s on offer.
Each year only around 8% of school leavers in Wales enter directly into employment. There is a wide range of jobs out there, and remember the job you pick now doesn’t have to be for life. Entry level jobs are an excellent way to gain experience and add substance to your CV.
Lots of local employers are currently advertising for staff, including call centers such as Admiral and We Fight Any Claim. These entry level positions usually offer a decent starting salary for confident, proactive and friendly individuals. Keep a look out on local jobs boards and job search websites for the latest vacancies.
A Traineeship blends work and education so you can gain valuable experience while you learn. These courses, run by training companies such as Rathbone, Itec, and ACT, help you gain the skills needed to enter employment or progress onto further education.
You can find out more information and apply for a place on a Traineeship by contacting your Careers Advisor or your local Careers Wales Office. Courses on offer vary from site to site but often include childcare, construction, and retail pathways. Wait times for a start date are usually rather quick and they also offer an Engagement strand for those unsure of what career route to take.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and boost your confidence. There are loads of volunteer opportunities available in Newport and the surrounding areas, involving everything from working with animals to administrative duties. Meeting a wide range of people and developing new skills can open up a world of opportunities for you. Not to mention that volunteering adds valuable content to your CV.
If those opportunities don’t fit what you’re looking for, you’ll be pleased to know there are other options available to recent school leavers. It is important to consider all the options to find out which one is right for you.
One alternative could be Jobs Growth Wales, who offer six-month paid work placements. The positions available are in a range of settings and are open to 16-to-24-year-olds. This an excellent opportunity to gain experience and earn some money. Certain conditions apply, so it is best to check their website for more details.
An increasingly popular choice is apprenticeships which offer the opportunity to earn while you learn with on-the-job-training. These courses usually last between two and three years and get you straight out into a workplace. You are likely to then attend a training centre regularly to complete the theory based elements to achieve your qualification.
Starting your own business is another option and one that young people don’t often consider. Age needn’t be a barrier to entrepreneurial dreams, however, you need to do your research and be comfortable managing your finances. If you have a brilliant idea then there are organisations that provide help and advice to start-up businesses, including The Princes Trust, who work with 18-to-30-year-olds.
As you can see there are a lot of options available to recent school leavers. Although we would all love to get top grades, it is not the end of the world if you don’t. Dust off those pencil cases, open your web browser and go be the best you can be.