• Apprenticeship info for parents

    Last updated 27-05-2016
    Information provided by National Apprenticeships Service

    For young people it often feels like the only option after finishing school is to go on to study at college or university.

    Although higher education isn't always the best path for everyone, students often don't know the full list of options available to them and go on to higher education regardless of whether it is the best choice for them.

    What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship is a brilliant opportunity for students who don't feel that higher education is the right fit for them. It's a real job with training, allowing your daughter or son to earn while they learn. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing. On completion of the apprenticeship a nationally recognised qualification is awarded, which can be equivalent 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;

    • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor;

    • Paid holiday

    Apprenticeship levels

    There are various levels of apprenticeship your son or daughter could apply for depending on their current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

    NameLevelEquivalent educational level
    Intermediate2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
    Advanced32 A level passes
    Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
    Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

    All apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.


    The current minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependant on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.

    Entry requirements and school leaving age

    The government has increased the age that young people must stay in education or training to be 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

    Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

    Find the government guide here

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    If you've got a question, we're on hand to answer it:

    Call 0800 0150400

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    Or email [email protected] .gov.uk

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    Supported by National Apprenticeship Service

    Got a question? We're on hand to answer it:

    Call 0800 0150400

    Lines open Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm

    Email: [email protected] .gov.uk

    Find out more:

    Apprenticeships on FacebookApprenticeships on YoutubeApprenticeships on InstagramApprenticeships on Twitter

This is a sample of the apprenticeship vacancies available – for a full set of vacancies go to the all apprenticeship vacancies page.

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