Live Q&A: how far will an apprenticeship take me?

Post your questions now to our panel of experts

If you’d like to move straight from school to the workplace, but are unsure about how to get a foot on the job ladder, an apprenticeship might be the answer.

Apprenticeships are paid jobs that give you the chance to learn – and gain nationally recognised qualifications – while getting a weekly wage.

Whether you want to work in nursing, engineering or for a big organisation like the BBC, there’s plenty of choice out there. This summer alone around 15,000 apprenticeships vacancies are up for grabs.

But how far can an apprenticeship take you? Isn’t going to university and entering the job market as a graduate a safer option? And how can you make your application stand out?

This Wednesday we’ll be hosting a live Q&A with the employers running apprenticeship schemes and current apprentices. If you’re considering applying for an apprenticeship and want advice from those in the know – now is your chance.

Join us on Wednesday from 1-3pm to be part of the discussion, or leave your question and comments now by posting them in the comment section below.

The panel

Huw Southcott is academy director of the Michael Caines academy at Exeter College. The academy trains the region’s next generation of restaurateurs, chefs and waiters

Maddy Sutton works for Actavis in Barnstaple. Actavis is a leading pharmaceutical firm, and Maddy works in its quality control and R&D labs as Product Development Apprentice

Nicole Martin is a 3rd-year female software developer apprentice at BAE systems

Jamie Stevens has twice been titled British men’s hairdresser of the year. He was an apprentice himself and is a passionate advocate of training in this way – he has two apprentices at the moment in his salon.

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