The last month has seen school-leavers across the UK celebrate and commiserate over their GCSE and A-Level results.
Nevertheless, regardless of the score, the outcome has largely been met by the same question: “What now?”
For many, higher education is the logical next step; however, there is an alternate route that poses a wide range of benefits.
Picking up a trade fresh out of school can be a wise move that pays off for years to come, particularly when it comes to the electrical trade.
How so? Read on to find out…
“University Is Not For Everyone”
Higher education has long been held up as the pinnacle of education and must for school-leavers looking to better themselves.
However, in recent years, that has often not been the case, with many graduates struggling to find employment post-university.
Senior Group Technical Presenter at NICEIC, Darren Staniforth, had this to say:
“University is not for everyone and the perception that you can only have a successful career if you get a degree is a false one.
“The construction industry is a well-paid sector that offers a vast array of opportunities. Yet, it is still viewed by some as a third-rate industry for people who do not perform well at school.
“A trade is a viable career path which gives students the chance to learn specific skills that can open up many doors and avenues in the future – including working abroad.”
These sentiments were backed by figures from the Federation of National Builders, who noted that construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more every year than many of their university-educated counterparts.
According to their research, the FMB found that the average annual salary of UK electricians was an impressive £47k, while the average university graduate in England earns £32k/year, noting that a shortage in skilled workers makes the construction industry a very lucrative career path.
These sentiments were echoed by the experts at the Pensions Policy Institute, who worked out that even a 22-year-old electrician on an average salary of £18k could have a pension pot worth £111k by the time they retire. Talk about investing in your future!
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Electrical Courses with Access Training
If you’re one of those school-leavers fresh off your GCSE or A-Level results, now is the perfect time to consider an electrical career. Both rewarding and useful, a training to become an electrician is extremely worthwhile on a number of levels.
Best of all, with electrical courses at Access Training, you don’t need any prior experience to get your journey started!
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