A PARENTS GUIDE TO APPRENTICESHIPS
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 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:
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:
|NAME||LEVEL||EQUIVALENT EDUCATIONAL LEVEL|
|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 £3.40**(£3.50 from April 2017) 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)
CV WRITING AND INTERVIEWS
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
*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.
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