- Two in three teachers most likely to urge young people down path of higher education
- Three in five parents also likely to recommend university route, according to school leavers
- Only one in eight follow the advice of parents when deciding what to do next
There was a belief that you need to go to university to succeed
Ryehan Amir left full time education in 2016, having completed his first year in sixth form college studying A-Levels. Instead, he took up an apprenticeship in the finance team at water treatment firm ESC Global Ltd, based in Doncaster, Yorkshire, studying AAT Accountancy Qualifications. He gets time off to study and his course fees are fully funded by his employer.
"Taking the AAT route meant that I could gain valuable experience from professional people in accountancy,” said Ryehan, now 20.
The apprenticeship offered me a debt-free way to get qualified, as well as earning a salary whilst learning.
While Ryehan, who lives in Scunthorpe, was at sixth form he was on the lookout for an apprenticeship position, but found that not everyone was so keen.
"My college weren’t able to offer me much support when it came to me searching and applying for an apprenticeship.
I felt that, in some quarters, there was a belief that to succeed, you need to go to university."
My learning is immediately put into practice
Ceara Stephenson was studying for AS-Levels in Finance, PE, Maths and Applied Science and considering what she wanted to do next, when she found out about the AAT apprenticeship route into accountancy.
“I realised that I needed AAT qualifications to become an accountant, which is what I wanted to be,” says Ceara, now 19.I took a job at TaxAssist Accountants in June 2017 at the end of my AS-Levels. I am now an Accounts Assistant, earning a salary and talking to different clients, helping them on their individual financial issues and guiding them to the best solution."
As part of her training, Ceara, from Batley, Yorkshire, attends college one day every week, studying for AAT’s Professional Diploma in Accounting.
“My employer is great with supporting my training,” Ceara adds.
"Not only do I attend college each week, but I am encouraged onto other training courses throughout the year so I am kept up to date with new developments in accountancy. Other members of staff also offer helpful advice as they all have their AAT qualifications.
AAT has massively aided my career as I can understand accounting processes more clearly. After learning it at college then it is immediately put into practice, which really helps me to understand."
Research conducted by AAT - www.aat.org.uk