Choosing an apprenticeship is an important choice. As a parent you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. There are many options available to young people after they leave school, and we outline information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career below.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

  • 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, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday

School leaving age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If your child was born on or after 1 September 1997 they 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.
  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training

For more information read the full ‘Guide to Apprenticeships’ below.

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

As a parent you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. This guide explains the options available to young people and the benefits about apprenticeships.

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