Training provider QA has launched the UK’s first apprenticeship clearing helpline.
The number for the clearing helpline is 0345 074 7825.
The clearing helpline, which opened today to coincide with the release of A-level results, gives school and college leavers access to more than 500 apprenticeships at businesses across the country.
Involved businesses range from innovative tech startups to huge tech leaders such as Vodafone, Cisco and BT. As well as offering a career from day one, the apprenticeships also lead to higher-level qualifications, equivalent to higher education awards from universities.
QA experts answering the hotline will match callers with a placement in a career that suits them. Among those answering the phones will be careers advisors, as well as people who have successfully completed apprenticeships and employers offering apprenticeships.
They will talk about their interests and ambitions before going through all their options. School and college leavers will then be able to agree a placement over the phone in just minutes and start their new job within weeks, all with great employers.
Ben Pike, managing director of QA, said of the invaluable resource: “University isn’t for everyone. A lot of focus on A-level results day is on universities and the opportunities they offer. But lots of school and college leavers—and their parents—will be interested in starting a career straightaway, to give it a big kick start and get ahead.”
“Our apprenticeships are a fast route to a brilliant career in sought-after occupations. A level results day is an excellent opportunity for people who want to put their well-deserved exam success to use in work from day one, while also continuing to learn and further their qualifications.”
“We wanted to open a hotline to show there are alternatives to university, so people can choose from all their options.”