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Got your results? Check Out Your Options

GCSE results day

In Northern Ireland, young people will be collecting their A-level results on Thursday 16th August and GCSE results on Thursday 23rd August.

Results day can be stressful, and you may need some advice on your next steps, but don’t worry there are plenty of options available to you.  We guide you through some of your choices:

Apprenticeships

The ApprenticeshipsNI programme offers approximately 170 apprenticeship frameworks across a wide range of industries. An apprenticeship is a job of at least 21 hours per week that includes both on-the-job and off-the-job training. So, you can earn a wage, as well as gain a qualification and experience to excel in your chosen career.  Check out https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/types-apprenticeships

Higher education - University

If you were thinking about university, you may have already applied through the UK (UCAS) and Republic of Ireland (CAO) applications systems.

But it’s not too late if you decide that you want to study for a degree.  Firstly, you will need to ask the universities you are interested in whether they have vacancies and apply quickly.  You will be entered into ‘Clearing’ – the process universities and colleges use to fill any places they still have on their courses.

Further education – College

Colleges offer a range of courses, including AS/A Levels, Higher/Advanced Higher (either academic or work related), vocational courses, diplomas (often involving both practical and work experience), foundation skills and life skills.

Northern Ireland currently has six Regional Colleges and an Agricultural College and you can apply through their websites.

Employment

You may want to get a job on leaving school.  But it is a very competitive market, and you will need to show potential employers that you have the skills, qualifications and knowledge they require. 

You’ll need a professional looking CV and can start looking for vacancies online and in newspapers.

Gap year

If you are not sure you want to immediately continue your studies, you could take a gap year.  It’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons and discover some new skills.  You need to make sure that you are not just taking a year off without any real direction or purpose.  Many people use the time to travel, volunteer or earn money in other countries.  You can gain independence, meet new people, learn new skills, and earn some extra money. 

Volunteering

Volunteering is a good way to learn new skills and get experience in the workplace, especially if you cannot find work or training straight away. Volunteers can work anything from a couple of hours per week to a full week.  Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you.

Work Experience

Work experience with a local employer can last between two and eight weeks and will give you a flavour of working in a particular industry or job role.  You’ll gain vital real work skills that will help you get a job.

Seetec is one of Belfast’s leading training providers, delivering apprenticeship training in

  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Logistics - Warehousing, LGV driving, Supply chain management
  • Aviation - Ground handling

Contact us today or call on 028 9030 3999 for details on our apprenticeship opportunities.