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A Viable Alternative to A-Levels

24 August 2017 / by ABM Industries Inc (author) / London
Apprenticeships: key facts and figures. (photo: ABM Industries, Inc.)
Apprenticeships: key facts and figures. / (photo: ABM Industries, Inc.)

Although A-Levels followed by university will be the automatic choice for hundreds of thousands of teenagers receiving GCSE results in the UK today, ABM is championing apprenticeships as a compelling alternative to degrees.

With hundreds of thousands of teenagers in the UK receiving their GCSE results today, young people will be considering which path to take towards a rewarding career. Whilst A-Levels followed by University may be the preferred choice for most, apprenticeships offer distinctive advantages and value that is often overlooked. 

Leading by example: ABM UK group managing director Andy Donnell is himself a former apprentice.

Leading by example: ABM UK group managing director Andy Donnell is himself a former apprentice.


In many cases completing an apprenticeship can be as beneficial, if not more so, than a degree and it is a route that facilities management services provider ABM UK wants to champion. 


With University students typically paying £9,000 per year in tuition fees, and starting their first role shouldering massive debts; apprenticeships are a viable and cost-effective alternative.


Andy Donnell, group managing director of ABM UK, comments: "As a former apprentice electrician myself, I see apprenticeships as a great opportunity for individuals to start a career, rather than just a job.


"An apprenticeship gives driven youngsters the opportunity to earn while they learn; the chance to continually upskill and gain invaluable, practical and specific industry experience."








ABM Industries Inc


ABM Industries Inc

ABM (NYSE: ABM) is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5 billion and 120,000 employees in over 300 offices deployed throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and various international locations. ABM’s service capabilities include electrical and lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC and mechanical, janitorial, landscape and turf, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes — from schools and bank branches to the largest and most complex facilities, such as airports, hospitals and manufacturing plants. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit www.abm.com.

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