Career Paths

What is High Value Manufacturing (HVM)?

High value manufacturing, or HVM, is the process of adding value to raw materials by turning them into products. It may include anything from: parts for aircraft, to cars, to oil and gas rigs, and much more.

People working in the manufacturing business are responsible for research, design, development, production and quality assurance of these products.

By the age of 30 you could be earning as much as £35,000!


Earn while you learn!

As an apprentice you will be employed and get paid an apprentice wage. Some apprentices may have a block release of intensive training for a period of months before starting with the employer. Other apprenticeships will have a day release (four days work and one day at college).

An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.

There are three main levels to apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (Level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4/5)

As an apprentice you will:

  • Earn a salary
  • Get training in the skills employers want
  • Receive excellent progression opportunities (further study or move on in the workplace)
  • Increase future earning potential. Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases after training.
  • Learn at a pace suited to you with mentor support.


Hands on practical study

Vocational courses are more practical than academic qualifications and involve full time study, usually for two years at college. You can study a variety of qualifications under awarding bodies like City and Guilds and BTEC. Your lessons will include a mixture of practical training with some theory.

Vocational routes prepare you for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a specific trade, craft, technician or profession position.

After completing vocational training you might go into work, take an apprenticeship or do further study / go to university.

Vocational qualifications are:

  • Work-related and come in a range of levels
  • Designed to accommodate the needs of employers / sectors
  • Flexible and offer a choice of next steps eg: university, apprenticeships or part-time study
  • More practical, with a real-life approach to learning alongside some theory
  • Flexible and can help you decide whether a particular job is right for you.


Theoretical study

If you choose an academic route you can take A or AS levels in school, sixth form or at a college.

These are usually full time courses for two years and will involve mostly theoretical study.

A levels will give you a chance to find out about your GCSE subjects in greater depth or it may be that you choose to study a new subject.

After A levels you can continue your education / training further by:

  • Going to university to study a degree full time
  • Taking an apprenticeship with an employer where you can get practical on the job experience


  • Move onto full time employment.


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