The reality of the current job market
University can provide a fantastic route for school leavers interested in finding out more about a particular subject. However, it is not the only option available for young people. If you leave school unsure of what path to take, it’s a good idea to acquire practical skills that can help you in a career.
The job market is highly competitive at the moment, particularly for young people. A degree can cost up to £50,000, and is no guarantee of a job. So if you’re undecided on what to do upon leaving school then consider a route that will prepare you for work and give you practical experience of the professional environment.
Here are some shocking facts:
- In 2011, fewer 18-year-olds who left school with A-Levels were unemployed than 21-year-olds who left university with a degree. (20% v 25% )
- At the end of 2011 18.9% of those graduating in the previous two years were unemployed, down from the high of 20.7% at the beginning of 2010 but more than four times the rate for those graduating between four and six years ago.
- Most students who go to University do so without any idea of what they are going to do for a career at the end. The world has changed and unless your degree is going to be related to the career you’re after, then the odds are stacked against you.
- The data tells us that life is tough. The graduates of 2012 – all half a million of them in the UK – will leave university and move into arguably the most competitive jobs market ever. Saddled with debt, many of their qualifications undervalued and in a time of austerity, the data tells a bleak story.
Sales Apprenticeships from the Academy of Sales
A Sales Apprenticeship from The Academy of Sales guarantees delegates a job in a blue chip organisation provided you first pass the 12 week training programme run by Academy specialist trainers. Payment for the training is funded by government apprenticeship funding.
This is more than a stepping stone; it is a certified route into employment. As the end of the 12 week period, apprentices are employed by one of the employers in a sales apprentice role for the following 9 months, when they will complete their apprenticeship.
The course is designed to give you a comprehensive grounding in sales skills. There will also be opportunity during this period to meet with your employer and understand more about how their business operates. Finally, and crucially, you will be taught a range of psychological skills that will enable you to be more resilient and act more positively in a fast-based and dynamic work environment.
Places on the course are subject to a rigorous assessment process included psychometric testing and an assessment centre.
The main elements of the course include:
- The full range of telesales skills
- The full range of new business transactional sales skills
- Insight into complex sales and account management
- How to manage a pipeline and use of customer relationship management
- Understanding your personality type
- The sales hierarchy and responsibilities
- Commerciality in business
- Dealing with adversity
- Mental Toughness and resilience
- Motivating self and others
- Communication skills and building rapport
- Understanding buyer types
- Positive Psychology
- Goal-setting and mapping
- Communicating and presenting with confidence.
This curriculum is carefully selected to reflect the skills that employers are looking for as quoted in the CIPD/KMPG survey of 1400 companies in August 2012.
At the conclusion of the course delegates are objectively assessed on their sales capability and are given a rating/qualification that is recognised across the sales industry. Most importantly, delegates are placed into a full time sales job with a blue chip organisation. This position is expected to last for at least 2 years, and new recruits should expect to earn in excess of £25,000 in the first year (and substantially more based on ability). Apprentices will receive ongoing assessment during their first year and will be awarded their full apprenticeship at the end of the 12 month period