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 it may be worth them considering an apprenticeship as a key route into securing a job and progressing into a successful career.
Apprenticeships are work-based programmes that combine practical training with study. This allows individuals to earn while they learn, whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Most of the training is delivered in the work place, with an element of 'off the job' training which usually takes place with a training provider or at a college.
If your child lives in England, is over 16 and not in full time education they can apply. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. Apprentices need to be committed, motivated, enthusiastic and reliable, with a 'can-do' attitude.
The benefits of being an apprentice include earning a salary, training in the skills employers want, excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace, better long term salary prospects and learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor. Apprentices have the opportunity to experience new and different challenges, and learn to work better and more effectively.
Apprenticeships last for a minimum of one year, however many can take longer, especially if they are at a higher level or in a certain sectors such as engineering. Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that participants have been trained in the skills they need.
As a parent you will influence any potential apprentice. For further information about Apprenticeships and why one could be right for your child visit:
The Professional Mum - Apprenticeships