Parents - Essential help and advice

Apprenticeships

If you have been researching options for your child, you may have heard a lot about apprenticeships and, with the number of available apprenticeships growing, many people are choosing this route.

There are fantastic benefits to being an apprentice and these include:

  • No debt - There are no tuition fees when undertaking an apprenticeship
  • Earn while you learn - An apprentice is entitled to a salary and paid holiday just like a regular employee.
  • Practical experience - An apprentice will be learning in a 'real-life' situation. 
  • Employment opportunities - Apprenticeships train in the skills that employers want and very often stay with a company once the apprenticeship is complete
  • Learning style - Provides a more vocational pathway for those who like to learn by doing
  • Recognised qualification - With higher and degree apprenticeships available, a qualification can be gained that is equivalent to a Honours degree or even a Master's degree

For an A - Z of apprenticeships click here (Note that apprenticeships marked Level 4 and above are Higher Education apprenticeships) or click on this link to search according to a type of job. 

Applying - Apprenticeship vacancies appear throughout the year and you can apply through https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship or some employers may ask you to apply directly to them so keep an eye on company websites. 

Click here for a parent's view of key apprenticeship points. A more detailed round up of information, advice and guidance can be found in UCAS' guide to apprenticeships and Which? complete guide to higher and degree apprenticeships

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