You have many options for your next steps after leaving school, from heading straight into the workforce to undertaking further study, or even completing an apprenticeship. Your school career adviser is a great resource to help you explore the areas that interest you and provide advice on how to get started on your chosen path.
If you are looking foran option that combines further study with a job that you can build into a lifelong career and an immediate income, an apprenticeship or traineeship could be right for you. It's a great way to get started in a job that matches your skills and your interests and buildsyour career from day one.
Apprenticeships are available in over 500 occupations, covering everything from traditional trades to winemaking and microbrewing, cake decorating, animal health, and aviation. Whatever your interests, there is likely to be an apprenticeship or traineeship that suits you.
If this sounds interesting, you can talk to your school careers adviser about how to get started in a field that suits you. You can also use online tools, like VERTO's CareerGate, an easy-to-use, free platform that allows you to explore your options, complete questionnaires to match your interests to a career path and even get started applying for apprenticeship vacancies in your area.
If you're ready to dive in, get started here. You'll need about 30-45 minutes to complete all the steps. It's also a good idea to have your resume on hand, so you can upload it and start looking for an apprenticeship straightaway.