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 here we outline information and benefits about apprenticeships and traineeships as a key route into a successful career.
Apprenticeships are a popular choice for many young people as they combine practical training with off-the-job-training, and are a great alternative to university. Our apprenticeships cover a wide range of careers, including digital media and marketing, IT, construction and education – at different levels.
Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16 or over, whether they excelled at school or didn’t quite get the grades they had hoped for.
Key benefits include:
And as an apprenticeship is a real job for young people they also get a contract, get paid and are entitled to annual leave and sick pay.
Alternatively, if your child isn’t ready to start an apprenticeship, we also provide traineeships to help bridge the gap between leaving formal education and a job.
View our current apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
An apprentice will:
Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:
Some apprenticeships may also give additional qualifications, such as a diploma.
If you feel you’re child might not ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship is a course designed to prepare them for one.
The qualification achieved will depend on the career and level chosen, and will lead to a nationally-recognised qualification. They follow a ‘framework’ developed by Sector Skills Councils. Most include:
Following an apprenticeship, learners can move onto a higher level apprenticeship or full-time employment – many apprentices progress with their current employer.
Research carried out by the Government in 2018 reflected favourable results for progression in apprenticeships, with 85% of apprentices staying in employment following completion and 64% of these stayed with the same employer.
It also stated that 32% of former apprentices were promoted within a year of completing their apprenticeship, with 75% being given more responsbility.
You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship.
This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.
Check you’re being paid the minimum wage with the national minimum wage calculator.
You must be paid for:
We provide comprehensive information, advice and guidance prior to your child starting their apprenticeship journey which includes deciding which apprenticeship to choose, career pathways, wages and job searches.
Our initial assessments identiy areas where your child needs help in English, maths and ICT and individualised tasks will be allocated supporting areas of development, as well as identify any barriers to learning so these can be overcome.
Following an induction with us and their employer, your child will have regular progress reviews and visits.
There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.
The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews, and we also provide support with this through our experienced staff, including investigating different career pathway options.
We recruit for apprenticeship vacancies with some great employers, visit our current opportunities page to find out more
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
If your child leaves full-time education to start an apprenticeship, they are no longer considered your dependent. As such, families of apprentices are currently not entitled to financial support.
This includes any child maintenance you may be receiving through the statutory system, and may also impact your working tax credits, housing benefit and/or council tax reduction.
The matter of whether or not apprentices should receive the same assistance as college and university students has been has been debated in parliament, and could be subject to change. Make sure you stay in the loop by checking GOV.UK’s website for updates.
Whether you choose a traineeship or apprenticeship, you’ll be supported all the way by our highly-qualified and experienced tutors.
We don’t care what your background is, or if you have a barrier to learning or employment – we want to ensure every young person gets an equal chance to start their career.
It starts from the day you contact us – we will explore your career options with you, and our support will continue until you’ve successfully progressed from your traineeship or apprenticeship.
We’ll also get your English and maths to the level it needs to be.
Traineeships are the perfect choice for young people aged 16-24 who:
Traineeships bridge the gap between finishing formal education and moving into employment or an apprenticeship.
Key benefits include:
A traineeship is a great stepping stone to employment for your child.
We will provide:
From the employer your child will get:
We will also provide your child with a training allowance and reimbursed travel costs to and from their placement – see their independence and confidence grow!
During their traineeship your child will complete:
They will also complete units in areas such as safeguarding, managing your money and more.
We support our trainees to progress into an apprenticeship or employment.
Plus, during their apprenticeship they will be provided with help and guidance writing their CV, interview skills and apprenticeship and job applications.
A traineeship isn’t a job and employers are not required to pay your child for the work placement.
As a training provider we offer:
Depending on your placement, your employer may also offer you meals.
We provide comprehensive information, advice and guidance prior to your child starting their traineeship.
We put the care into developing careers and this will start from the first day you contact us, with ongoing support and advice throughout the traineeship.
Our traineeships don’t have a set start date, your child can apply all year round as we continually have new opportunities opening up in a variety of sectors and in a variety of roles.
Traineeship eligibility criteria:
Completing a traineeship will not affect any benefits you or your child might be claiming.
Technical and vocational courses such as apprenticeships have always been a popular choice for young people.
The benefits of earning while you learn, gaining valuable work skills and learning from experienced mentors puts young people a step ahead with practical, on-the-job skills and training.
We’re committed to protecting the welfare and wellbeing of all of our learners, and we have a dedicated safeguarding team to protect your child.
We’ve put together some tips for young people before they start their apprenticeship or traineeship.
Please fill out the form below and one of our engagement team will get in touch with you to discuss further.