Apprenticeship Info for Parents
If your son or daughter is looking at taking an apprenticeship it might be that you are worried about the details, and the bigger picture. Are apprenticeships still relevant, will they get a qualification, will they get a job, and is not going to university a mistake?
It turns out that apprentices can have a head start on their university graduate counterparts. In 2014 27% of university graduates earned less than the average wage enjoyed by apprentices. 26% of those leaving uni were in part-time roles, compared to just 11% of apprentices, and 83% of apprentices were in work overall.
Apprenticeships are a great route for students that want to get a job right now and earn a wage, whilst also getting recognised skills and qualifications for the future. They will work alongside trained staff in their new job to get the job specific skills that employers are looking for, and usually, they will attend college one day a week to get the theoretical knowledge that they can use to take their career further.
We see it as the best of both worlds, a qualification whilst getting the skills and experience that employers are so desperate for in the modern workforce.
Your child will apply for an apprenticeship, in the same way, they would apply for a job, check out our apprenticeship page for opportunities available now.
Once they have been accepted on to an apprenticeship they will work a minimum of 30 hours a week, and around one day a week in formal education learning the theoretical side of the job. Whilst working as an apprentice they will be given a mentor or other member of qualified staff to make sure they understand the role and don’t feel out of their depth.
No, far from it, not only will the employer be paying them a wage, but there is also costs involved in training and assessment. Your child will be paid for the time they work and also the time they take to go to college or other forms of education. For their first year, they must receive at least £3.40, but many roles will pay more. After this, the wages rise. We find that 94% of apprentices are taken on as permanent staff, so it makes sense for the employer to make sure they are trained up properly.
As with all jobs, there are more boring bits, it’s important to remember that if they come home saying it’s all been boring and they want to do something more exciting, that you encourage them to remember this is a part of any job. Whilst an apprentice is not an untrained dogs body, for anyone starting out in a career they have to learn the basics before they can move on to the more technical aspects of the role. However, in an apprenticeship the theoretical learning allows them to progress much faster than if they were just being given hands-on learning.
Some university courses will look at applications from students with level 3 apprenticeship qualifications. There are also degree level qualifications in apprenticeships. Your child could start aged 16, start getting the skills and experienced prized by employers and carry on through to get a qualification equivalent to a degree, all without incurring university debts, and getting the groundwork in for their preferred career. In digital careers, many employers value a portfolio of evidence or other demonstration of skills as well as qualifications. Apprenticeships allow your child to develop both of these areas.
If your teen is 16-18 years old they must remain in college, sixth form, or other approved education or training. There are a lot of options they can take, but if they want to jump into a career then an apprenticeship is the best of both worlds. Training and a job, a wage and a start on the career ladder, qualifications and hands-on learning.
Yes, just like when a person with a disability applies for a job an employer has to make all reasonable provision, a training provider and the workplace the apprentice is in has to make all reasonable provision. When your child applies for the role, just like in a job application, there will be an equal opportunities monitoring question that gives you the opportunity to make the potential provider and employer aware of their disability.
No, and even better they will get paid. There may be incidental costs that they would have in any job (travel to and from work, meals at work, appropriate clothing to wear in a work environment) that they might have to pay for, but they will be earning a wage. Apprenticeships are in part funded by the government, so students who are already qualified to level 4, or over 24 may struggle to find a funded apprenticeship, however. To give you an idea of what a level 4 qualification is, A-levels are a level 3 qualification.
Just like any training provider we take the safety and safeguarding or our apprentices extremely seriously. Our apprentices will be working with a mentor, and just like any employee they have the same protection offered at any workplace. If they or you have any concerns you can contact us immediately so we can take steps and make changes to ensure that they are safe and secure. We know that your first job can be overwhelming, so we make sure that we take things a step at a time to allow an easy transition from school to apprenticeship.