Parents and Carers

What are the benefits of my child doing an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 70 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be confirmed throughout the year.
– Earning a salary and paid holiday;
– Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace;
– Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

How much will my child be paid?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week. Remember an apprentice is an employee just like anyone else and will also access the other benefits an employer offers such as paid holiday, pension and benefits schemes.

What are the entry requirements?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. These can range from attitude and motivation levels to GCSE’s grade 9 – 5 (A – C), it really does depend on the role and the employer.

How can I support my child in finding an apprenticeship?

At any one time there are between 12,000 – 20,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online in a variety of careers and industries across England. The local vacancies available now can be found near the bottom of our ‘Become an Apprentice‘ page or you can visit GOV.UK/apply-apprenticeship to find National vacancies. Once the right job comes up, your son or daughter can simply register on the website and follow the step-by-step instructions to apply for the role.

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