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A-level results: 'Consider apprenticeships at British Airways as an alternative to university'

BA apprentice Laura Anderson said: "Applying for an apprenticeship seemed like a risk at the time, but it certainly paid off and I would urge school leavers to consider this route"

Jessica Cloak, who has recently successfully completed BA's head office administration apprenticeship

High-flying apprentices at British Airways (BA) are urging school leavers to consider an alternative route to university.

The airline's 14 apprenticeship programmes will open the doors to 175 school leavers this year, providing a mix of on-the-job training and studying, launching young people on to a successful career path.

There are a whole range of options from engineering and operations, to IT, finance and customer service at its London Heathrow, Glasgow and Cardiff locations.

Jessica Cloak, who has recently successfully completed BA's head office administration apprenticeship, said: “While studying for my A-levels, I decided that university was not the route for me and instead was drawn to apprenticeships as they offer a powerful combination of training and studying.

"I am so glad I took this option as I’m now permanently employed by the airline’s alliances team, working on projects with our airline partners and embarking on an exciting career.”

Since 2010, more than 600 students have enrolled on the BA apprenticeship scheme, with many graduating to permanent roles with the airline.

Laura Anderson, BA's IT operations apprentice, said university is not always the right choice for those completing A-levels, adding: “At college, I was pushed down the university route but I knew this wasn’t the path I wanted to take.

"Applying for an apprenticeship seemed like a risk at the time, but it certainly paid off and I would urge school leavers to consider this route."

Year 13 students received their A-level results across the country on Thursday (August 13).

Keith Williams, BA's executive chairman, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of providing young people with a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical education.

"They are a great foundation for a whole range of highly skilled careers at British Airways and we are proud to offer them.”

BA also offers graduate programmes for university leavers. Visit BA Careers for more information.

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