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Could an apprenticeship be right for your child?

An apprenticeship can be a springboard into a varied and rewarding career, while enabling young people to earn while they learn. It can help to:

  • gain transferable skills valued and recognised by employers
  • save them money by having their training paid for (including a degree where they are undertaking a degree apprenticeship)
  • expand young people’s horizons and open doors to opportunities they may not have thought about before
  • grow their confidence and shape their thinking on what kind of career they’d like to have.

The diverse nature of apprenticeships means there’s bound to be something out there that suits – whether it’s law, engineering, nursing or design.

Apprenticeships are a perfect fit for young people aged 16+ who want to get straight in to the world of work. In contrast to staying in full-time academic study, an apprenticeship offers a wage from the outset while they train and gain new skills on the job. They may decide to apply for one of the degree apprenticeships on offer to gain a degree, rather than go via the traditional university route, if that’s how they prefer to learn.

Find out more about the different levels of apprenticeship available

If they aren’t quite ready for an apprenticeship or are seeking work experience to help support their application, a traineeship might be the perfect way for them to boost their career prospects and gain new skills.

How can you support your child?

The National Careers Service’s job profiles can help your child consider what sort of career they’d like to pursue.

Your child can also get directly in touch with a careers adviser through the National Careers Service’s online webchat.

To see what apprenticeship opportunities are available in your area, visit find an apprenticeship.  If the right vacancy isn’t online at the moment, you can sign up for alerts, or alternatively the Amazing Apprenticeships Vacancy Snapshot. There you can find out when applications open at top companies and view employer profiles.

To help your child with their application, the National Apprenticeship Service have produced a guide entitled ‘How to write an award winning apprenticeship application’.

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There are a huge variety of apprenticeships available across England offered by leading businesses of all sizes, including Lloyds Banking Group, Rolls Royce, BBC, IBM, Unilever and Airbus.

Below are just a few of the many companies that appreciate how beneficial apprentices are to their business.

Apprentices have added more value to our business than graduates.

- UKFast

Apprenticeships provide individuals with essential skills and education and as such it is a key part of our talent and development strategy. We are proud of our commitment to provide 1000 Apprenticeship opportunities each year.

- Lloyds Banking Group

The structured Apprenticeship programme provided by Greene King has helped Isabelle Pearson progress from part-time bar staff to managing her own pub in just three years, proving there is an exciting and rewarding career path in hospitality.

- Greene King

Apprentices can create a community of practice and we need more fresh insight from young people to question how we do things. We hire them because we know that they can help the company.

- Unilever UK Limited

Ryan started at Green Lighting doing a level 2 apprenticeship, he’s since gone on to do a level 3 and 4 and is now an Operations Manager within his own team.

- Green Lighting


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