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So here we are; the end of one year and the beginning of another. Traditionally this is the time that many people will set themselves a list of targets for the coming twelve months or so. The fact is the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution or fall short of their goal. If your goal is an Apprenticeship or full-time college course then we're here to help keep things on track!

Some of you reading this may be still at school, perhaps in Year 11 - GCSE's are on the horizon and there are decisions to be made about your next step. Some of you may be on a full-time course and looking at progression. You may be the parent or guardian of someone who is. It can feel overwhelming, especially if you are not certain.

Any decision needs to be informed. So, you should already be in the process of weighing up all the pros and cons of different options and taking into account skills, interests and predicted grades. At least part of the research should make use of tools such as Career Path or the National Careers Advice Service. Both of these options give you access to Local Labour Market Information – essentially the trends currently in the job market and how many vacancies there are expected to be in the future. Now is also the time to be finishing off a CV so that you are ready to apply for an apprenticeship, work experience and/or part-time employment opportunities in the months ahead.

From January onwards, you should begin submitting applications for Apprenticeships and full-time courses. Remember that some courses are very popular so avoid disappointment by submitting an early application. Please let me be clear; your applications should be TARGETTED and based on your research but it is a good idea to cultivate multiple options; i.e. have a plan A, B and C.

As we move forward into 2018, keep an eye out for National Apprenticeship Week activities (5th to 9th March). Alongside this, it is probably a good idea to write letters or emails to local companies to ask about apprenticeship opportunities. Prepare for any interviews you may be asked to attend at college or with employers.

For year 11 students, it goes without saying that there needs to be revision, revision, revision. There has to be a focus on achieving the best GCSE results possible, especially in key subjects such as English, maths and science. It is worth remembering that, if you achieve below grade 4 in English and/or maths at GCSE, you will need to continue with these subjects whether that is through an Apprenticeship or a full-time course. Neither the College nor our employers want to add to the inevitable tension of exam time; interviews can (and will) be rescheduled. You can also contact the college if you are likely to need additional support during your time with us.

Season's Greetings from all of us here at the BASE and we look forward to supporting you in 2018.