Apprenticeships: An Introduction For ParentsPosted: 12th of March 2015 by
You may have heard a lot in the media about apprenticeships recently, or your son or daughter may be considering taking an apprenticeship. Perhaps you feel they would be better off going to university, getting a job, or simply don’t really know what an apprenticeship actually is? An apprenticeship has many benefits and if chosen correctly, it can help your child get a good start for a great career.
An apprenticeship is a real job which will allow your son or daughter the chance to earn a wage while they learn. They take between one and five years to complete and are available in a wide range of industries. With over 1500 different job roles on offer, you can find apprenticeships in anything ranging from engineering to accountancy, and hairdressing to veterinary nursing. Apprenticeships can also offer a path of qualifications that go right up to degree level and beyond.
The first clear advantage of taking an apprenticeship is financial. While a university degree means tuition fees, an apprenticeship actually offers a wage. The minimum wage for apprentices does vary depending on age, and is less than you will get once you have qualified, but many employers pay more than the minimum apprenticeship wage. The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.73 per hour (as of October 2014), with the average gross weekly wage for an apprentice being £200, although some apprentices take home as much as £500 per week.
As well as a wage, an apprenticeship offers on-the-job training in the skills required to do a job. This direct training provides superb career progression opportunities, with many apprentices going straight into work upon qualification. The learning is set to suit the pace of the apprentice, with each one having the support of a mentor to help them learn. Just like any regular employee, apprentices are also entitled to paid holidays.
Apprentices have also been shown to enjoy more promotions than those who have not had the training – meaning faster career progression and more money. So what does it take to get onto an apprenticeship?
Firstly, apprentices have to be at least 16 years old. Apprenticeships often include extra entry requirements, such as a certain number of GCSE passes – but each apprenticeship differs accordingly. Each apprenticeship will detail the entry requirements, but come in different levels – Intermediate, Advanced, and Higher – with the higher levels requiring more requirements as specified by the particular job.
You can use the search facility right here on NotGoingToUni to see what sort of opportunities are available in your area and to apply right now. Of course, if you have any further questions you can check our dedicated ‘Advice Centre’ – or look through our blogs for more useful info and advice!
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