Enfield student opts for apprenticeship rather than university

14 August 2015

A City and Islington College is celebrating picking up his A Level results this week, but instead of going to university he has chosen to take an apprenticeship.

Dishane Edwards, 18, has chosen to take a Higher Apprenticeship with Tesco’s where he will earn and learn at the same time. Dishane got two C’s and a D in his A Levels in Art and Design, Geography and Sociology.

He said: “I always like to think four or five steps ahead when it comes to my future. I know that university might provide me with great times and parties, but I don’t want to end up in debt and in a part time job at the end of it and be just another person with a degree.”

By taking on this apprenticeship, which Dishane had to go through an extensive process to be accepted on to, he will start out earning a wage of £18,500 a year.

“I knew quite early on studying A Levels that university would not be for me.” He said. “The careers team at the Sixth form really helped me out and provided me with a lot of guidance. I feel there are a lot of opportunities for young people out there which doesn’t have to involve getting a degree. I would encourage others to think ahead, be committed, get focused and go to a College where they will support you.

“In five years’ time I want be an area manager in retail as I know customer service is my strength. I also know with the nature of the higher apprenticeship that if at some point I do want to go to university that option is still there. I am so happy with my results and am looking forward to starting the apprenticeship in September.”

Jo Bishop, Head of Careers at City and Islington Sixth Form College, said: “At City and Islington we focus not only on helping students to university but also directly in to the world of work. Some students learn more effectively by doing and with hands on experience. Apprenticeships are perfect progression routes in this respect, and Dishane has a lot of prospects ahead of him working in retail and customer service.” 

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