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    I am currently looking for a whole new line of work as I currently do not enjoy my retail management role, I would like university but I cannot afford to be out of work for 4 years, I was planning on 1 year at collage to obtain an HNC in electrical engineering then hope I can get an apprenticeship that will take me through a degree or get back into retail for a year then go on to do a foundation degree or HND please can someone give me advice on what to do ?


    My partner is just about to start his HNC in Electronic Engineering. I know he had to do level 5 and 6 before he could apply. But it really does depend on what level your maths etc is at. He left school 12 years ago, so felt it was better to start at the bottom and work his way up.

    Bursaries aren't awful, we managed to care for three children, a house and two cars on ours. I know it doesn't feel great to rely so heavily on help/benefits but you're looking to improve your future and potential outcome.

    Depending on how old you are, will depend on your likeliness of getting an apprenticeship. It's not unusual for an older person to get one, but much, much harder compared to youngsters just leaving school.

    What I suggested to my partner is that he started his HNC and start looking at jobs 3-4 months before he's due to finish as usually the application and interview process can be longer for these types of jobs. If he doesn't secure something, then to consider staying on to do his HND or to enter university as there are more graduate jobs out there.

    I hope this helps.
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