If you’re reading this article, the chances are you didn’t do as well as you’d hoped in your exams. But that’s okay - if might have been a rough day at the office or maybe exams aren’t your thing.

Regardless of why your exams didn’t go to plan, you might want to start thinking about what options you have in front of you. If you didn’t get the grades to get into your first choice uni, there are still several other routes you can take - it isn’t the end of the world, even though it might feel like it.

Read on to find out what you can still do to provide yourself with a secure career and future prospects. More...

 
Thousands of UK students will be heading to university this autumn, but is it really worth the time, expense and years of debt that follow? 
 
A degree certainly can give our youth a great start in their career and can provide a wealth of fantastic opportunities, rewarding salaries and job security for life. However for many young people, who may not be suited to university life or more advanced subjects such as medicine or architecture, a degree and three years at university can come at a hefty price. More...

It’s fast approaching that dreaded time of year. Those weeks since your last exam have flown by, and now you’re faced with the day you never thought would actually come: #ALevelResults.

Yes, Results Day. It’s here, and now the reality kicks in. Some of you, of course, might feel confident driving to the school to pick up your results, happy with your effort and confident that you’ll get the results you need to do whatever it is you’d like to do, whether you go on to university or not. If this is the case, congratulations!

However, there will be many who are quite naturally dreading the prospect of opening that envelope and reading those fatal letters. With the heap of pressure placed on that very moment, it might feel like your whole world is ready to collapse, and all prospect of a decent future hanging on by a single thread.

But that certainly is not the case. Regardless of your results, happy with them or not, there are always other open routes through life which don’t depend on your ability to perform well in exams.

Read this article to refresh your mind of the options open to you; and remember, it isn’t the end of the world if results day isn’t how you hoped it would be. More...

 

Every job has its difficulties, and no single job offers pure enjoyment each and every single day.

Having said that, there is a crucial difference between facing challenges and difficulties in your job, and being unhappy, overworked and dissatisfied in your day-to-day working life.

Sometimes, the answer isn’t to grin and bear what hardships your job throws at you. If it means sacrificing your health and happiness, it might be about time to consider leaving it for something better suited to you and your life.

Read on to discover some common issues in the workplace, as well as learning the difference between the natural challenge of work and an unhealthy and dissatisfying battle with your job. More...

 

Time is precious. The pace of today’s lifestyle is seemingly unending, the day’s too short; finding time to fit in all of life’s demands, committing to family and friends, and having a successful working life, can sometimes feel impossible to achieve. 

However, optimising your time to the best of your ability will contribute greatly to your general wellbeing. Cutting back on unnecessary time wasting is an essential part of happy living, and can greatly reduce stress, anxiety and frustration, whilst allowing you more opportunities to unwind and enjoy.

Here are 6 top tips on optimising your time, and for being the most productive worker you can be: More...

The uncertainty of the current state of the economy, post Brexit, will likely have an impact on job security in the UK.

According to industry experts, it's a realistic possibility that the country could go back into a recession, which in turn could result in the threat of job cuts, industries failing and companies going into administration. With this in mind, job security could potentially become less secure, and the prospects of our children’s future might seem dimmer than before.

But despite this uncertainty, there are many thriving new industries which can offer plenty of job opportunities.

If you’re concerned about your child’s future like many others, here are 8 thriving career paths that can ensure a secure, stable, successful future for your children. More...

 

When we think of tradespeople, we typically think of blokes in white vans, handling heavy tools and doing dirty jobs. However, today’s tradesperson couldn’t be further from that stereotype, with a recent huge rise in tradeswomen in work.

Twenty or even fifteen years ago, the trade industry was overwhelmingly dominated by males, and although it still is the case, there has been a promising rise in tradeswomen working in the industry. More...

It is widely assumed that going to university is the most dependable way to guarantee a secure, stable career. But in reality, this is not always the case.

If you’re looking for a high paid job without attending a three or four year university course, read on to discover the 10 highest paid careers you could find yourself in without stepping foot on a university campus. More...

 

When deciding to enrol on a training course offered by private training colleges, such as Access Training, some might feel suspicious - after all, how can a trade, something traditionally considered to require years of experience, be taught to a high enough standard in only a matter of weeks?

At first glance, it certainly seems implausible, but when you take a closer look into what the old-style apprenticeship process actually consists of, you might be more inclined to think otherwise.More...

Resettlement Courses

Have you considered an army resettlement course?  

 
If you've recently left or are thinking of leaving the Armed Forces, the prospect of choosing a new career path can be quite a daunting task. This is why Access Training strives to provide as much support and guidance for ex-military personnel as possible, helping them to retrain and revive their career prospects with our army resettlement courses.
 
Whether you have previous skills to build upon or are looking to start completely from scratch, we provide a huge variety of army resettlement courses which allow you to progress into a brand new career! In the past we have trained numerous ex-MoD personnel, allowing them to build on the valuable skills gained throughout their military career, while also providing them with the tools needed to master their new, chosen trade.
 
We have plenty of resettlement courses that will suit you, and they are particularly useful because of their flexibility. With Access Training you can learn at your own pace which allows you to maintain your responsibilities to family and other work. By completing the course (in whichever timeframe suits you best) you will be able to start a career with stability and opportunity. 
 
The Access Training company directors are also ex-military, as are several members of staff, which really does put this issue at the heart of our work. This provides us with the knowledge and understanding regarding your circumstances, making it easier for us to guide your transition. 
 
Whether you see yourself as a plumber, an electrician or a gas engineer, we provide first-class training in all of these areas, as well as many others! With such a variety of army resettlement courses to choose from, your eyes will be opened to the numerous options available to you, putting you on the right track to pursuing a profitable and stable career. 
 
For more information about our army resettlement courses, contact the Access Training team today. We are more than happy to help you find a course that best suits you and your circumstances so please don't hesitate to get in touch today. 

We're well over the halfway point of 2014 and even now the construction industry's huge growth spurt still shows no signs of slowing down. There have been so many pieces of news coming out lately that doing a blog post for every one of them would have taken ages! So here we've put together some of the latest headlines to have hit trade and construction news websites to show why it is a better time than ever for Britons to consider a career in the construction industry;

That's quite a few stories, all of which are pointing to the same two conclusions - construction growrth is at an all-time high, and skilled workers are going to be desperately in need to make sure this growth continues. Whether you're a school leaver or someone looking for a fresh start in a brand new job, Access Training Academies can help make that career in the construction industry happen. We specialise in all forms of construction training, including carpentry, plastering, tiling, bricklaying and painting/decorating - all of which have been specially designed to train you to the level of professional in a short and effective time frame. Along the way you'll earn the proper qualifications needed to start your new career, learning from tutors who've spent years' working in the industry. Despite the short timeframe, there's no quality skimped on our courses and you'll also have the additional benefit of learning trade secrets from those who know the ins and outs of the business.

For more information on our range of construction courses, give Access a call on 0800 345 7492 today and we'll find the perfect construction course for you.

Now that we've entered August it's fair to say that the summer holidays have properly started, and school children aren't going to have to even think about school for another month. But what about those 18 year olds who are just coming out of sixth form/college? It's not so easy for them as they won't be going back in September - it's time for them to think about the next step in their lives.

For many university will be the most obvious route, engaging in another 3+ years of education with a qualification and a heap of debt at the end of it. And what job is that qualification likely to get you? With most graduates struggling to get jobs relevant to their degrees, they are now beginning to fill lower-level positions that would usually be taken by those who haven't gone to uni and want to work their way up into a career via experience. So where does that leave them? As you can guess, its a pretty big problem and calls into question just how useful some degrees are in landing you your 'dream' job.

But there are other reasons one might not want to go to university. After over a decade of timetables and school work, some people might want to put that behind them and move onto something different. Instead of more sitting at a desk and writing, there are practical options out there that will keep your working life active and varied. And of course, there is that matter of student loan/tuition fee debt that I briefly mentioned earlier...

With the demand for skilled tradespeople at an all-time high thanks to a construction boom and renewed interest in housebuilding, those looking for a direction outside of university may be perfectly suited to becoming a plumber, gas engineer, electrician, carpenter, plasterer, tiler, bricklayer or decorator. Or even a number of the above! But once again, there are a few ways to go about it.

One option is to take up a college course in your chosen trade. Not a bad option, but there are a few things to think about. These courses can take around two years to complete, which means once again resigning yourself to a strict regime of timetables. There's also the fact that colleges have to budget  their wide variety of courses, which means there's every possibility you could find yourself with facilities not quite as ideal as you might have hoped for.

The alternative? Completing an intensive training course with a private trainer, where you'll be able to earn your skills and qualifications in a matter of weeks. This probably sounds impossible to many of you, but with the right tutelage from experienced tradesmen in a state-of-the-art facility the combines the very best practical and theory training it's more than possible. And with a private trainer their ONLY focus is on the facilities and the training they provide, so you know that your chosen trade is a key subject for them.

Sound like the path you want to take? Then get in touch with Access Training Academies and book your training course today. We specialise in a wide variety of trades training courses, each manned by tutors with many years' experience in the business. All of our courses are accredited by leading awarding bodies such as City & Guilds, Logic and more, and designed to take you from a beginner level all the way to that of a trained professional. Not only that, but we keep our classes to a minimal size to allow the most one-to-one student/tutor time possible, so that you know you're getting the care and attention you paid for. Following completion of your course, you'll be ready to start your brand new career and even have the abilities to go self-employed should you so wish. Its your choice what path you choose but one thing is definitely for sure - you'll have earned yourself skills for life that are constantly in demand, and as such enjoy constant work with impressive wages.

This August, have a think about where you want your life to head next. And if you like the sound of this, give Access a call on 0800 345 7492.

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