The apprenticeship option in Doncaster - post A-levels

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Apprenticeships are on the up in Yorkshire, and provide an alternative to university for many post-A-level students.

There have been 46,300 apprenticeship starts in the region since August last year.

The National Apprenticeship Service is issuing a fresh call for young people and employers to consider apprenticeships, following A-level results.

Since 2010 there have been over 2.3 million apprenticeship starts. The government is committed to delivering three million more by 2020.

Of 850,000 people on apprenticeships in 2013/14, 90 per cent stayed in employment after finishing their apprenticeship (includes two per cent self-employed), and 71 per cent stayed with the same employer.

A quarter of all former apprentices had received a promotion (23 per cent) within 12 months of finishing, and for intermediate and advanced apprentices, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility after completing apprenticeships.

There are up to 27,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online, including higher and degree apprenticeships, from foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees, representing more than 100 different job roles. Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries including aerospace, fashion, broadcast media and finance.

A live Q and A session takes place on Twitter and Facebook with a National Careers Service adviser tomorrow, August 13. Join the hour-long session at 11am on Facebook (National Apprenticeship Service) or at 2pm on Twitter (@apprenticeships), using the hashtag #resultsadvice

Search apprenticeships on to peruse current vacancies.

Don’t forget to tell us about your A-level triumphs or disappointments on the websites, facebook and twitter accounts of the Doncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times and Epworth Bells (@DonnyFreePress, @southyorkstimes and @epworthB)

Or maybe you have had an apprenticeship experience you can share with readers? Photographs and videos welcome too..