PARENTS GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. Why chose an apprenticeship? It is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification, designed to help individuals get on the career ladder within the industry of their choice.
At the end of the apprenticeship, your son or daughter will gain a recognised qualification in their chosen industry, real workplace skills and great progression opportunities.
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
PARENTS GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
School leaving age
The government has stated that all young people must stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post 16, which could be through an apprenticeship or traineeship.
GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
We know that as a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career.
So, why chose an apprenticeship? It's a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally-recognised qualification, designed to help individuals get on the career ladder within the industry of their choice.
At the end of the apprenticeship, your child will gain a recognised qualification in their chosen industry, real workplace skills and great progression opportunities. Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma!
Relevant work experience is considered a necessity for employers today. Combined with the rise in tuition fees, apprenticeships are an appealing option for school leavers to kick start their career. Where colleges and universities place a heavy focus on academic skills and mindset, an apprenticeship offers all the responsibilities of a real job alongside training and nationally recognised qualifications.
Some key facts about apprenticeships:
Apprentices earn a wage and holiday pay and the employer pays for their training.
Higher-level apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime, compared to those with Level 3 vocational qualifications.
Over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training
Nearly all apprentices feel that they acquire or improve their skills as a direct result of their apprenticeship.
Nearly a fifth (19%) of advanced apprentices progress to university following their apprenticeship, meaning it won’t restrict their career pathways.
The minimum wage for apprentices is £4.30 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level, for example, some higher level apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on ‘Find an apprenticeship’.
My apprenticeship has given me lots more responsibility, knowledge and understanding. I have now gained my qualification which has led me taking on the position of office manager at a secondary school. This is my dream job.
Liam Chamberlain, Business Administrator
Jessica from DBC training has helped me continuously on my journey to finding an apprenticeship. I have worked with her for many months now and she has been nothing but amazing.
Zain, Business Administration
Three months in to my apprenticeship with DBC, and already, I have learnt so much. I feel truly valued and appreciated at DBC.
Amelia Finch, Digital Marketing
I am really pleased with the service I have received from Dan at DBC. He has guided Ellie through her apprenticeship, he sets regular tasks and they meet often.
Emma Arberry, Decicionz
The below resources have been tailored for parents, guardians and carers to help them support young people in making informed career choices:
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