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A par­en­t’s guide to Apprenticeships

Want to ensure your son or daugh­ter gets the best pos­si­ble start in their career?

There are lots of dif­fer­ent options avail­able to young peo­ple when they leave school and we know it can some­times be a lit­tle bit over­whelm­ing. In this guide we will pro­vide all of the lat­est infor­ma­tion about appren­tice­ships as a key route into a suc­cess­ful career.

What exactly is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship gives your son or daughter the opportunity to get on-the-job experience whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification, and getting paid at the same time.

An apprenticeship can take between one and five years to complete depending on the level of qualification, they are now set up to cover the equivalent of GCSE, right through to Degree and beyond! Apprenticeships also cover over 1500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering and accountancy, to public relations and veterinary nursing.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

There are many benefits to doing an apprenticeship, including:

  • Earning a salary and getting paid holiday.
  • Gaining the skills needed by employers.
  • Excellent opportunities, whether looking to continue studying or progress within the workplace.
  • Increased earning potential. Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training and those who complete a Higher Apprenticeship could see increased earnings of approx. £150,000 over their lifetime.
  • Learning at a pace suited to them with dedicated support of a mentor.

What do you need to do an apprenticeship?

All of our apprentices need to be over the age of 16 and living in England. Depending on the sector and role chosen, there will be more specific entry requirements. To look at the entry requirements for different types of apprenticeship, take a look at our job areas section.

Apprenticeship levels

There are var­i­ous lev­els of appren­tice­ship avail­able, depend­ing on the skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions some­one has. Take a look at the dif­fer­ent lev­els and the equiv­a­lent edu­ca­tion level:

Name Lev­el Equiv­a­lent edu­ca­tion level
Name: Inter­me­di­ate Lev­el: 2 Equiv­a­lent edu­ca­tion level: 5 GCSE pass­es at grade 9 to 4 (A* to C)
Name: Advanced Lev­el: 3 Equiv­a­lent edu­ca­tion level: 2 A lev­el passes
Name: High­er Lev­el: 4, 5, 6 and 7 Equiv­a­lent edu­ca­tion level: Foun­da­tion degree and above
Name: Degree Lev­el: 6 and 7 Equiv­a­lent edu­ca­tion level: Bach­e­lor’s or mas­ter’s degree

Have more questions?

Our appren­tice­ship team will be hap­py to answer any ques­tions you have, you can con­tact them in the fol­low­ing ways: