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An apprenticeship is a fantastic alternative to college or university

Setting off on a career path can be overwhelming for young people. As their parent, guardian or carer, you play a key role in guiding them as they take their next step. Whether they get top grades or don’t thrive in academic environments, apprenticeships shouldn’t be overlooked.

Apprenticeships, but not as you may know them

Perceptions of apprenticeships as entry-level, trade-based, low-quality courses that persist couldn’t be further from today’s reality. Here are three important facts:

  1. An apprenticeship is equivalent to 5 GCSE’s with the Advanced Apprenticeship being equivalent to 2 “A” levels.
  2. With an apprenticeship they’ll earn a salary, their training will be paid for, and they’ll gain experience in a relevant role, plus career-boosting skills
  3. Last year we matched over 1,250 young people to jobs with employers through our network of contacts built up during our 55 years in business. They range from large to small employers and we carefully consider where each young person would be best placed.

If your child 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.

Need more advice?

If your child is looking to get into an apprenticeship but you’re not sure if it’s the right route for them to take, our advisors are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Take a look through our Guide to our Services for Parents and Carers and if you would like to speak to one of our team direct you can call us on 0800 101 7101.

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