A-levels are not the only option for school-leavers celebrating their GCSE results today.
The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) offers a range of apprenticeships, which enable you to earn while you learn, with apprentices typically spending four days in the workplace and one day training at college.
Apprentices usually spend four days learning in the workplace and one day studying at the College, with the Government covering the cost of training for those aged 16 to 18.
CONEL offers apprenticeships and courses in construction, engineering, hair and beauty, science, business management and accountancy, health and social care, creative and media, music, sport and fitness, travel and tourism, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), public services, teaching and supported learning.
The College also offers pre-apprenticeships, which provide skills needed to start a full apprenticeship in just 12 to 15 weeks. Pre-apprentices offer the chance to gain work experience at top employers, improve your interview and employability skills with a guaranteed interview at the end of the placement.
Nathan Hudson-Anastasiou. 18, joined CONEL after finishing his GCSEs to do a pre-apprenticeship followed by an Advanced Level apprenticeship in accounting with Notting Hill Housing, which led to full-time employment as a finance systems officer with the company.
He said: “I chose an apprenticeship because I prefer a more hands on experience and learning on the job rather than just studying theory. I had maths and ICT at GCSE and thought accountancy would be the best of both.
“My job as a trainee was just one part of accounting, but the training at CONEL gave me knowledge of accounting as a whole. I’ve now been able to put what I’ve learnt into practice and have a job with good progression and security.”
CONEL boasts some of the best education and training facilities in London, including construction and engineering workshops along with Career Academies for IT and computing, business management, accounting and travel and tourism, and is set to open a new Microsoft classroom in November.
Nathan is part of the Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB) initiative.
For more information on apprenticeships call 020 8442 3055 or visit www.conel.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships.