The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If your child was born on or after 1 September 1997 they must stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th Birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:

  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training


An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship:

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
  • Increased future earning potential - apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime*
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday


There are various levels of apprenticeships your son or daughter could apply for depending on their current skills and qualifications.

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

  Intermediate      2   5 GCSE passes at grade A* to C
  Advanced   3   2 A level passes
  Higher   4,5,6 & 7      Foundation degree and above Degree 6 & 7 bachelors or masters   

All apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice's ability and competence in their job role.


The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependant on the sector, region and apprenticeship level e.g. some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on ‘Find an apprenticeship’.


All DART vacancies are advertised on our website and also on our Facebook page. The vacancies are also advertised on the ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ site.

At any one time there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available on the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ site in a variety of careers and industries across England.

Visit gov.uk and search ‘Find an apprenticeship’. You can search by keyword (job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level) and by location. Once the right job comes up, your son or daughter can simply register on the website and follow the step by step instructions to apply for the role.

For further information, click here for the Governments guide to apprenticeships (parents guide)


There are a number of useful sites on the internet which can help with CV writing and also give advice on interview skills. The National Careers Service site has a number of areas that you may wish to look at for guidance.

If they are not quite ready for an apprenticeship or job, they could try a traineeship with a local employer to gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to improve their English and maths, if needed. Contact our Foundation team for more details. foundation@darttraining.co.uk

*University education - Is this the best route into employment? AAT and CEBR Feb 2013
**As at October 2016
Information from www.gov.uk A parent's guide to apprenticeships.


Courses not listed on the upcoming courses sheet are run on a supply and demand basis. We operate a waiting list and when we have enough candidates for a course, dates are set. We can give you a quote on providing a course with less candidates.

We also offer Bespoke training courses for which you will receive a DART Certificate, this will be tailored to your needs. We can give you a quote on this if you let us know your requirements.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list of have a query, please email us at shortcourses@darttraining.co.uk or call us on 01332 794910 (option 2).

Got a question?

Why not explore the website or give the Apprenticeship Team a call on

01332 794910