Other Routes

Have you got the feeling that you don't want to go to uni or do an apprenticeship? Maybe you're just not sure what you want to do next, and you don't want to rush into something that's going to cost you a lot of time and money. Don't worry! There are other options. You could buy yourself some extra time by exploring one of these options for a year, or by taking a different route into work all together.

Check out some of these helpful resources to figure out your next move... c;;c,v

Fledglink - free app getting you prepared for life after uni

Uni's Not For Me

The Gap Year

Prospects: Should I take a gap year?

UCAS: Gap Year advice

Student perspective: the Student Room on Gap Years

STA Travel on Gap Years

Studential on Gap Years

School leaver programmes


Government advice on traineeships

City and Guilds on traineeships

1./ What exactly is an apprenticeship?

It's a full-time job, so you can get stuck straight into the world of work, gaining experience and earning a salary from day one. But you'll spend 20% of your working week in off-the-job training, working towards your qualification, developing your professional skills and broadening your horizons to help you figure out exactly what kind of career you want to shape for yourself after you finish the programme.

2./ How long does an apprenticeship last?

Apprenticeships typically last 12-18 months, depending on the level of the qualification you're undertaking.

3./ What can I do an apprenticeship in?

There are 300 different government standards for apprenticeship qualifications in all kinds of sectors imaginable, and that number is only growing. At WhiteHat, we specialise in apprenticeships in professional services - careers such as digital marketing, accounting, business administration, software engineering. We want to open up traditionally closed industries to applicants from diverse backgrounds.

4./ What kinds of companies can I do an apprenticeship at?

We're working with some of the world's biggest tech companies, like Google and Facebook; top law firms like Mishcon de Reya; media companies like Warner Bros.; fashion houses like Burberry; and cool startups like Tandem Bank. There's an office environment to suit every kind of person.

Ready to take this path?

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