Post-16 education is changing. There are now more vocational opportunities including apprenticeships. These are now rightly being seen as an alternative route to a degree - and a high-quality work-based learning programme.
The rising cost of university makes it important to understand other paths to success.
Find out more here.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a work-based programme within a full-time job. It supports and develops a career in a chosen field. Often the apprenticeship will include a relevant professional qualification.
For example, in an insurance company, there are technical apprenticeships that include professional qualifications from the CII. There are also apprenticeships which include qualifications from other professional bodies in areas such as accounting, IT, law and marketing. Apprenticeships are not just available in the so-called 'trades'.
It's easy to think of apprenticeships as an alternative to university. In fact, the two aren't mutually exclusive. If getting a degree is important to you, and getting a job is important too, it's good to know that the apprenticeship pathway marries these two concepts seamlessly. The route to a degree via an apprenticeship includes a salary and professional qualifications paid for by an employer, with no outgoings for study.
Read the CII's new entrants guide to apprenticeships »
CII Apprenticeships Helpline
Whether you are a student, parent or someone who provides career advice to individuals, call us for help in answering any questions you have about apprenticeships in the Insurance and Financial Planning sectors:
02085 300 892
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What do apprentices say?
Hear from four apprentices about their experiences and thoughts as they undertake their apprenticeship journey.
If you are interested in finding an apprenticeship or would like to know more about the insurance and financial planning sectors, you can: