Apprenticeship Information for Parents and Carers

Do you have a child who is reaching a milestone in their education? Are you helping them make important decisions about their future? With advice and options coming from many different directions this can be a confusing and anxious time.

There is no student debt with apprenticeships as all training costs are fully funded. Your child will be paid to learn as their employer must pay them at least the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage.

Why an apprenticeship may be right for your child

Apprenticeships offer a different way of learning, with the potential of reaching the same goals as the traditional academic route. People learn in different ways and some students find the less formal, more adult approach to learning, alongside practical experience, a far more rewarding and successful way of completing further education.

How Can Your Child Benefit?

  • Gaining a recognised qualification, delivered by an OFSTED rated education provider and assessed by formal awarding bodies
  • Being employed by a local company where they will gain invaluable “on the job” experience, not generally available via an academic route
  • Earning a wage, which will be at least the minimum apprenticeship wage, but is often more
  • Getting ahead of their peers by gaining confidence, skills and experience in the workplace, as well as their qualification
  • Being able to access higher education/University degrees through their apprenticeship qualifications

Apprenticeships are a great option for young people who want to get into the world of work. Unlike more conventional choices, like university, they will get skills, experience and qualifications on the job.

Apprenticeships can also offer the opportunity of a degree such as a BA or a BSc, and whatever the apprenticeship, they’ll be earning while they’re learning. So your child can start their career gaining the kind of skills and experience that employers are looking for.

An apprenticeship is a journey – from being a novice in a role to becoming an expert.

Apprenticeships should be expansive, and focus on developing the whole person for a job, a career (and other careers), and for life. Going beyond that, an apprenticeship will instil a sense of curiosity, lifelong learning, discovery and improvement in all apprentices.

Further Advice and Guidance

For more information, advice & guidance please see the official Government website.

The website above can also be used to find apprenticeships as well as linking to hotlines for more advice & guidance.