A parents guide to Apprenticeships

As a parent, 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.

Not all children want to go to university, and universities may not offer courses for the type of work that interests your child.

So, we have outlined the information and benefits that apprenticeships can offer your child as a key route into a successful career.


Apprenticeships offer your child access to excellent training and the opportunity to develop skills and gain qualifications while working for an employer. As a guide, apprenticeships last from 12-24 months, although they can be longer or shorter depending on the apprenticeship level chosen.

Apprenticeships also offer your child the opportunity to gain experience and form working relationships with well-respected companies – potentially even more advantageous than the academic qualifications on offer in further education.


There are four levels of apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Level

Equivalent Qualification


Intermediate Level 2

5 GCSE's A*-C

12-18 Months

Advanced Level 3

Two A level Passes

12-24 Months

Higher Levels 4,5,6,7

Foundation Degree or above

12-24 Months

Degree Level 6,7

Bachelors / Masters Degree

2 - 4 years

*12 months minimum

*Masters may take longer

What type of Apprenticeships are there?:

Apprenticeships are no longer solely based on manual jobs, though there are many excellent apprenticeships in the traditional trades. There are now 500 standards to choose. These apprenticeship qualifications, or standards, have been set by Trailblazer Groups across every industry and sector.

The government is very keen on apprenticeships, mostly because of the link to employers. This is called "an employer-led system". As well as hiring the apprentices, groups of employers have also set the standards that apprentices work towards.


Trailblazer Apprenticeships

Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standards have been developed by groups of companies in common sectors who have joined together to agree on the standards they require for a particular occupation. They set the knowledge, skills and behaviours they expect from employees within a specific job role.

The advantage here is that employers have set out what they want from employees.  If your child has met these standards through an apprenticeship with work experience, then they on their way to a career with an employer-led and desired skill set.


What industries could my child access?

Apprenticeships are available in all sorts of industries and sectors with all types of companies; some examples are:-

Arts, Media and Publishing, Accounting, Business Administration and Law, Leisure, Travel and Tourism, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care, Retail and Commercial Enterprise, Health, Public Services and Social Care, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment, Education and Training.


Entry requirements

Employers genuinely understand that not all children are academically minded and that university is not for everyone.  Many entrepreneurs and business leaders did not take a traditional educational route and as such value strengths in commitment, work ethic and values.

If your child has not achieved GCSE Maths and English, they can achieve a Functional Skills qualification as part of the programme alongside their apprenticeship standard.



An apprentice has the same employment right and terms and conditions of employment, just like an employee.  Additional safeguarding might be in place in particular apprenticeships, and your child's training provider and employer will work together to ensure this. 


What will my child earn in an Apprenticeship?

The Apprentice National Minimum Wage is currently £4.15 an hour, but many employers pay their apprentices more than that.

The Apprentice National Minimum Wage applies to all 16-18-year-old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship; after the first year of the apprenticeship, people who are aged 19 and over must get paid the full National Minimum Wage for their age group.


For more information about apprenticeships feel free to get in touch with us here


Further reading can be found about apprenticeships here:-

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Myths and Facts of Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Service



16 Jul 2020