Recent government changes mean that from summer 2013, all young people are required to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17; from summer 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday. This is called Raising the Age of Participation [RPA].
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:
- Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.
- An apprenticeship
- Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training.
As parents you are well placed to support your child in deciding whether an academic or vocational route is the most suitable for them.
Even if your child is considering university in the future this does not mean they have just one option of staying on in the sixth form and following the more academic A level route as increasingly universities accept vocational qualifications such as NVQs and indeed often prefer students with work/life experience.
So why not consider a vocational route? Here are three important facts:
- An apprenticeship is equivalent to 5 GCSE’s with the Advanced Apprenticeship being equivalent to 2 “A” levels.
- Apprenticeships are real jobs with training that enables your son or daughter to earn as they learn.
- Last year we matched over 1,000 young people to jobs with local employers through our network of contacts built up over the 40 or so years we have been in business. They range from large to small employers and we carefully consider where each young person would be best placed.
If your son or daughter is not quite ready for an apprenticeship then some of our centres offer alternative training programmes that will help prepare them for the work of work before they commit to a full apprenticeship programme.
Not quite ready for an apprenticeship?
Why not contact your local Key Training centre to find out more – it could make a big difference to your son or daughter’s future. For contact details click on Contact Us at the top of page.
For further information, please download a Guide to our Services for Parents and Carers