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Guest post: Introducing AllAboutSchoolLeavers...

Georgia Leefe is the Digital Content Editor over at AllAboutSchoolLeavers, a site dedicated to helping young people make the right decision about their next steps after school.

Georgia Leefe
12th February 2016
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From apprenticeships to first jobs, Georgia knows her stuff so we’ve asked her to share her insight here on Training and Courses. In the first of a series of guest posts she’ll be writing, she explains just what AllAboutSchoolLeavers is...well...all about!


Who we are...

You’ve just left school. For some of you it may feel like a release from a long prison sentence, for others it may seem that your entire world has fallen apart. You are out on your own in the big wide world, parachuted in the unknown. You’re ambitious. You want to do big things, build a successful career but you’re not sure what in and how to make it happen.


Look no further! AllAboutSchoolLeavers is here to help! At AllAboutSchoolLeavers we appreciate your situation, we’ve been there and done that and we are there for you in choosing your next big step. Whether it’s an apprenticeship, traineeship, degree or your first proper job we want to make that transition as smooth and easy as possible for you.


We work with over 200 companies who offer apprenticeship schemes, school leaver programmes and sponsored degrees from the likes of PwC to Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Media as well as offering tailored career advice and tips on how to choose the best possible career path for you. If you're looking for apprenticeships or school leaver programmes or just some help, you're in the right place! 


We offer everything from the latest jobs, the bare essentials about the different levels of apprenticeships, help with CVs, cover letters, interviews and job applications so that you are fully prepared and feel supported when making those all too important decisions.


Why us?

Whilst our friends here at Training and Courses offer apprenticeships by college over at AllAboutSchoolLeavers we offer jobs, apprenticeships and programmes by sector – a different way of searching. So if you imagine yourself as an engineer, a retail manager or even an astronaut and you don’t mind which college you train with, we’re here to help. Start by having a look at our jobsboard to see if anything takes your fancy.


What students say about AllAboutSchoolLeavers...

Like the guys at Training and Courses, we help students with their next steps. Jade Shepherd for example is 19 and a Customer Services Apprentice at Gist, temperature controlled logistics company, ‘AllAboutSchoolLeavers really helped me when I finished my GCSEs and couldn’t decide what to do next. I knew that A Levels weren’t for me but I wanted to gain a national qualification and work at the same time. The site has some really great advice on interview technique and helps you understand about the wide range of options available, not just university. Through the site I found a warehouse operations apprenticeship at Gist and 3 years on, I have a level 3 BTEC in logistics and aim to become a Warehouse Team Manager.’


It’s not all about apprenticeships though. Oliver Garfield, 22, got a job as a National Grid Engineer through us when he finished school, ‘I knew that I didn’t want to go to university but go straight into a job. I registered with AllAboutSchoolLeavers where I found National Grid’s Engineer Training Programme. I started at 19 and 3 years later I’m now a full-time Project Support Engineer at the company.’


What we’ve been doing in the last few months…

Recently we released our School & College Leaver Careers Market Report which offers a valuable insight into the career-related aspirations, habits and opinions of over 10,000 school and college students across the UK. We interviewed over 1,000 parents, 500 teachers and 280 careers advisers – three of the key influencers on school and college leavers. We also spoke to 27 of the top school and college leaver employers in the UK in an attempt to gain a breadth of understanding of the school and college leaver market.


What we discovered is that the majority of parents and teachers know very little when it comes to alternatives to university. There is a significant knowledge gap in the market when it comes to alternative options to university with only 40% of parents understanding the meaning of a Higher Apprenticeship. Parents are the greatest influence on school leavers’ career decisions with over 80% of students stating that they go to their parents for help. 45% of students mentioned pressure from parents, guardians and peers as key reasons for not exploring alternatives to university.


So, since everything seems a bit confused, we’ve decided it’s more important than ever that we educate not only teachers and parents but you guys on how to make the best decision and by teaming up with Training and Courses we hope to demystify it all. Stay tuned for more!

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