As a parent, you are bound to have many questions about your child’s career options and what the best route will be for them to get the best possible start. This section aims to help you gain a better understanding of what apprenticeships really offer.

This is a job, where you can earn and gain a nationally accredited qualification while you work. An apprenticeship gives your child the opportunity to study towards their chosen career path and start earning a wage.

There are various levels of apprenticeships, which will allow your child to work towards different qualifications.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

This entails your child working for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes (paid) training time.

The training time will depend on the working hours and the tutor. Apprentices will be taught during the working week, at the workplace, off-site or via e-learning.

This will depend on the employer; the apprentice will discuss working times as a part of his/her contract before he/she starts working.

The current minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year olds and also apprentices of other ages in the first year. However, some employers choose to pay more than this.

The offer of any perks depends on the employer. Some employers offer benefits for all employees, in which case, they will also apply to the apprentice.

  • Earning a salary
  • Gaining hands-on experience and a qualification at the same time
  • Paid holidays
  • Support – someone will always be on hand to show the apprentice what to do
  • Good career prospects
  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship; 97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved
  • Over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training
  • The majority (92%) of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had a positive impact on their career

*Key facts about apprenticeships – Feb 2019