The Careers Programme at Willenhall E-ACT Academy aims to give every student the confidence to make well-informed, aspirational and positive choices about their future. During their time at the academy, students will be given the opportunity to explore all aspects of further education, apprenticeships and the changing world of work, whilst considering local and national Labour Market Information.
University vs apprenticeships: What should I choose?
‘We would like our students to experience encounters with employers and employees from a range of business sectors. If you are able to support the students by offering your time to attend a careers event or give an assembly talk then please get in touch with the careers leader to express your interest’.
As decisions go, they don’t come much bigger than “What should I do when I leave school?” Many students see university as the natural choice after school. But while it’s the right option for many, for others, an apprenticeship might be a better choice.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a paid job with training and qualifications. Higher and degree apprenticeships are aimed specifically at students with A-levels/equivalent. They give you a higher-education qualification – even a degree – and you can train for a high-skilled role in industries such as engineering, software engineering, public sector, law and healthcare. Find out more
Apprenticeship or uni: Which one’s for me?
An apprenticeship could be for you if you have a clear idea of what career you’d like to do and are keen to get stuck into work straight away rather than spend another three years studying. Uni might be for you if you have a love of an academic subject and would like to learn more before embarking on your career – or if you’d like to go into a career which requires a university degree, such as medicine or veterinary science. Find out more
Is university for me?
With so much attention focused on higher education, it can feel like university is the only route open to you. But with more options available than ever before, this simply isn’t true. This makes “is university for me?” a vital question for any soon-to-be school leaver. Find out more
What degree should I choose?
Knowing what degree you should do at university is a tough decision. Do you choose your strongest subject, or go for one that you’ve never studied before? Should you do a degree that is career-specific, or choose something more general and keep your options open? Find out more
Which university should I go to?
With so many institutions competing for your attention, you need to make sure you do your research thoroughly and make a careful, informed choice. We’ve created this step-by-step guide which will fill you in on how to choose a university. Find out more
University: Pros and cons
University can be an amazing experience, but it’s not for everyone. It’s important to know what makes it great and what makes it… not so great. In this guide, we explore 7 pros and 7 cons of university to help you make up your mind. Find out more
What is a higher apprenticeship?
Higher apprenticeships allow you to train for a highly skilled job. Unlike university, you don’t have to pay – in fact, you’ll get paid a wage by your employer. You’ll learn by doing the job you’re training for, and study for qualifications along the way – you could even finish with a degree. Find out more
What is a degree apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships with degrees! Sounds like the best of both worlds, right? In this guide, we answer all your questions so you can decide whether this new qualification could be for you. Find out more