Should. Would. Could. Did.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”

So, you have finished your apprenticeship and are undecided what to do next.  There are a variety of options to consider, including:

Progressing onto an apprenticeship at a higher level – Depending on the work environment, it may be possible to progress from intermediate to advanced or from advanced to higher apprenticeships. You should discuss this option with your employer and Training Advisor.

Continued Professional Development – Through discussions with your employer, you may look at enrolling on specific courses that relate to your role.  For example, a Business Administration apprentice may look at AAT accounting qualifications or Engineering apprentices may look at the HNC programme Appris offers.  We are also developing a Foundation Degree for Engineers, more information to follow.

Higher Education – The apprenticeship you have completed may give you enough UCAS points in order to enrol for a foundation degree or full degree course.

Alternatively, move up a level in apprenticeships. For example, engineering apprentices that have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship may consider the Engineering Manufacturing Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship or attend the commercial HNC course.

Using the diagram below for engineering progressional routes, there are many options on progressing your career and learning.  The decision you have to make is how far you want to go!

Be inspired by others and their journey…

John Lindsay

Engineering Technician

Attending Appris through my employer has allowed me to change that and transform my future. I’m really enjoying studying both the HNC and PEO courses simultaneously. The quality of facilities are excellent, and all staff have been pleasant, understanding and most importantly very knowledgeable.

James Jones

Welding & Fabricator Apprentice

I decided to do an apprenticeship instead of going to university, which has given me the outstanding opportunities to learn new skills within engineering and to develop myself further.

Molly Stevenson Midgley

Electrical/Electronic Apprentice

Against the backdrop of the stereotypical comment of ‘Only boys make good engineers’, I completed my apprenticeship 1 year early, while achieving the highest grades for my BTEC Level 3 in electrical and electronic engineering and being rewarded with the Overall Learner of the Year award by Appris.

 

Amy Broadbelt

Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

My dad is an engineer and he began his career as an apprentice like me. I’ve learned so much from him over the years and this has inspired me immensely. I lived in Houston, Texas for many years and was surrounded by a peer group who all aspired to be engineers. This role will allow me to go overseas, so i may end up back in Texas!

 

Blazej Jedryka

Apprentice Control and Instrumentation Technician

I want to complete my apprenticeship, but I want to keep learning. I’ve already started my HNC in the 2nd year of my apprenticeship, which is a real achievement this early on. I will keep going and growing to progress in my career and secure a better life for my young family.

 

Freya Leader

Electrical/Electronic Apprentice

Choosing an engineering apprenticeship with Appris was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am enjoying all aspects of the course, especially the electrical/electronic practical side. Since starting here I’ve been fixing all my broken appliances and car! 

 

Aman Athwal

Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

I knew I had the potential and ability for university, but an apprenticeship means that I blend my learning in a real job to gain real skills and qualifications. My aspirations are still there, although I have used what I believe is the best route to success.

 

Dylan Bushby

Apprentice Technical Advisor

Everyday delivers new challenges, helping me to grow my understanding of the industry and our product capabilities, in finding a solution to a customer’s technical problem. I am perpetually learning, growing and enjoying every moment of my apprenticeship at Appris.

Connor Dobson

Sheet Metal Fabricator Apprentice

When I left school, I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps and have a career as a motor mechanic. However, I decided to accept an apprenticeship in sheet metal fabricating, which I hope to have a successful career in the sector.