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Parents/carers guide to apprenticeships

Parents/carers guide to apprenticeships


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your young learner to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to compete and cover a wide range of industries, from accounting to engineering.

All apprenticeships will include elements of on-the-job and off-the-job training, leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice’s ability and competence in their job role. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

Apprenticeship levels:

Intermediate (Level 2) – Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

Advanced (Level 3) – Equivalent to 2 A Level passes

Higher (Level 4 & 5) – Equivalent to foundation degree

Degree (Level 6 & 7) – Equivalent to bachelor’s or master’s degree

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
  • Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90* per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300-£500 per week.

*Correct as of February 2019

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