So UCAS has launched for the 2018-19 Application season and many of our students are now busy looking at different courses and attending Open Days ahead of selecting the courses and Universities they wish to apply for. But what about all those students who are either unsure about going to University or definitely know it is not for them? Hearing about UCAS and listening to the buzz of excitement from their friends choosing that route can leave them really at a loss for considering what they do next and can add a lot of stress to what will be a stressful year ahead for them.
Now is a good time of year to encourage students to consider the Apprenticeship route into employment as an alternative to University or as an additional choice. There are many resources available through the 101 Amazing Apprenticeship Activities to help create lessons plans which can be used to support students, but also it is worth remembering that a lot of the content that is produced for UCAS Applications can be used for Apprenticeship Applications too. Just one example is that many schools spend considerable time with their students on writing UCAS Personal Statements, all of this information can be used to highlight a student’s strengths on an Apprenticeship Application for and to provide examples to answer situational style questions they may be asked.
You also may be taking your students to a UCAS Convention over the next couple of months, this is something we take our whole year group too and I have been asked by students if they have to go if they know they don’t want to go to University? The answer was a resounding “yes” as now there are various stands at the UCAS Conventions offering advice and information about a whole range of Apprenticeships, as well as Universities promoting their Degree Apprenticeships. In fact UCAS offer a search facility on their website, which is new this year that we are recommending to our students where they can look for Higher & Degree Apprenticeships.
UCAS has become a very well-known process that teachers, parents and students are all comfortable with. Whilst Apprenticeships are still more complex to find and apply for, as they don’t have the same structured time parameters, there are a lot of materials and help available from Amazing Apprenticeships that can help you support parents and their children explore and apply through this route, now is a great time to set these students exploring!