School Leaver Programmes Advice
A school leaver programme is aimed at young people with A-levels who want university-level training as well as a competitive salary, often with an internationally renowned company. Plus that added bonus: no student debt.
Most companies offering school leaver programmes sponsor or part-sponsor their trainees’ education – a professional qualification or a university degree – and in return trainees work full-time or part-time for them. A school leaver programme can last three, four or even six years, juggling work with study; often four days a week at the office, one day a week at university, and studying at home.
Some school leaver programmes focus on attaining a bachelor’s or foundation degree, while others are built around a professional qualification. A few school leaver programmes combine them both, offering trainees the chance to obtain a degree and a postgraduate professional qualification.
School leaver programmes tend to be offered by large companies in industries like accountancy and finance, engineering, retail, hospitality and tourism, PR and IT, such as PwC, Deloitte, IBM and RBS. The majority of companies that offer school leaver programmes pay their school leavers a competitive salary: some school leavers can earn over £22,000 a year.
Read all the articles in this section to learn more about school leaver programmes and what they could do for your career.