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Apprenticeships

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Information for Parents/Carers

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, so it’s important to choose carefully.

School leaving age

The government has stated that all young people must stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th birthday. Young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post 16, and this could be through an Apprenticeship.

So what is an Apprenticeship? It’s a real job, with real training, meaning you can earn while you learn and complete a nationally recognised programme. If you’d like to know more about Apprenticeships and how they work, please visit our ‘What is an Apprenticeship?’ page. 

What are the benefits?

  • Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond
  • Apprenticeships give vital ‘hands-on’ practical experience to young people looking to pursue a career in a specific industry.
  • Apprentices are employed, earn a salary and get paid holiday. This means no student debt and no fees to pay.
  • There are excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace;
  • Increased future earning potential
  • Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher Apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.*
*University education – Is this the best route into employment? AAT and CEBR Feb 2013

What levels are there?

There are various levels of Apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills, qualifications, and the job role of the Apprenticeship. Their equivalent educational levels are shown in the table below.

Name

Level

Equivalent educational level

Intermediate

2

5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C

Advanced

3

2 A level passes

Higher

4 and 5

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

All Apprenticeships 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.

How can I find out more about Apprenticeships?

Please have a look at our ‘What is an Apprenticeship?’ page for more information about Apprenticeships and how they work. 

If you have any questions about Apprenticeships please call us on 01603 773341 or email ApprenticeshipAdvice@ccn.ac.uk.

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