Not Going to Uni?
So you’ve thought carefully about what to do with the qualifications you gain in the Sixth Form and you have decided that university is not for you. What do you do instead?
The first place to start researching the range of alternatives open to you will be U-Explore. You will have used it many times and will be familiar with the pages available to you.
A site specifically set up for post-16 school leavers is notgoingtouni. This site allows you to consider options such as apprenticeships and other training, college courses and employment. It has up-to-date vacancies that you can link through to. It would be a great place to develop your thinking.
Aimhigher Northamptonshire offer an alternative page research local Apprenticeships (and other options): . They have an excellent team of people who would offer you individual support. They also have an excellent page of current apprenticeship opportunities in the town and across the county.
Some companies offer specialised support for entry into specific career areas. For example, a respected company that have offered positive support for Abbeyfield students wanting to go into Accountancy related careers is Kaplan
Perhaps you want to do more study but not at degree level. We have two very good colleges in the town who you could go to for more information. Click here/ or here. They specialise in different areas and offer different types of courses. Their websites will give you all the starting information you need; then you could ask to attend an Open Day.
If you want to avoid more education or training for the time being, you could look to go straight into employment. Two of the biggest employers in the local area are:
..but there are many more. You will find many jobs advertised in the Northampton Chronicle and Echo newspaper (as they don’t tend to put them on their website)
If you find the apprenticeship or job that you want to apply for, the next step will be to update your CV and to write a letter of application. Connexions Northamptonshire has advice to support you with your CV and letters.
If you need any help at all, see Mr Mills or Mrs Dedman. We would be happy to give you the Information, Advice, Guidance and Support you need.
Best of luck!