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What is an Apprenticeship?

Essentially, an Apprenticeship is a full time job, combined with training and assessment.

Your child would be gaining on the job experience, whilst earning a wage, and gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Completing an Apprenticeship is an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills and knowledge which can be implemented straight into the workplace.

Over the years, the desire for University graduates has dwindled, with employers preferring those who have experience in an office/vocational environment and industry knowledge. An Apprenticeship teaches you both the theory (the academic side), as well as the practical experience you can only gain by actually working within industry. Being equipped with both skill sets means an Apprentice will become an expert in their particular field.

What Options Does Your Child Have?

There are many options available to your child that you may not even know about. University is no longer viewed as the only option for further education and Apprenticeships are experiencing a surge of interest by both young people and employers looking to recruit their future workforce.

If your son/daughter tends to learn better in a practical environment rather than in the classroom, an Apprenticeship could be perfect for them.

Many schools and colleges only stress the importance of either continuing on to sixth form, college or university, and refer to Apprenticeships as a secondary option for those who did not receive the grades they had hoped for. However, this is not the case Green Labyrinth Apprentices receive industry leading training and development, to become a pivotal part of the companies we place them with.

Why An Apprenticeship?

  1. You can only apply for university once a year, whereas you can apply for an apprenticeship whenever you are ready.
  2. Apprentices earn up to £100,000 more than those who attend university over their working lifetime.
  3. Industry experience makes your child stand out.
  4. Rocket to success – start work today!
  5. No student loans or debt as training is funded.
  6. Gain industry led qualifications in specialist areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

You say they will earn while they learn, how much will they earn?

At the start of their Apprenticeships, all Apprentices will earn a minimum of the National Minimum Apprenticeship wage, but many employers often choose to pay more. This is dependent on the industry, region and the level of Apprenticeship they are doing. For example, some higher level Apprenticeships often pay around £300 – £400 per week. You can find the current minimum Apprenticeship wage on our website.

How can my child apply to be an Apprentice?

Simply contact our team to start the application process. A member of our team will then get in touch with your child shortly after to organise an initial interview to enter them onto the Apprenticeship. Once accepted, the team will work with your child to find their perfect career, based on their skills and personality.

What qualification will my son/daughter get at the end of this?

Ultimately an advanced Apprenticeship, once fully completed, will gain them a qualification that is the equivalent of a foundation degree level.

Once the Apprenticeship is over, will there be a job waiting for them?

If they have performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep an Apprentice on as a full time employee.

My child is 16 years old so cannot drive yet, how will they afford transport?

As an Apprentice your son/daughter is entitled to a 16-25 young person’s railcard. This railcard can save you up to a 1/3 off all rail fares, which means big savings when it comes to an Apprentices commute!

Students tend to get a lot of discounts in places, do Apprentices get similar offers? Yes of course! All Apprentices are eligible to get an Apprentice NUS extra card. The NUS extra card offers discounts in dozens of shops, restaurants and entertainment locations (Thorpe Park, Cinemas, etc.)

What sort of holiday allowance will an Apprentice get?

As an Apprenticeship is a full time job, they will get the same holiday allowance as any other employee, which is roughly 23/24 days holiday, with additional bank holidays off.

Now that September has passed, do applicants have to wait until next year to start their course?

Apprentices can start their course at any point during the year. Due to the nature of Apprenticeships, the majority of their time will be spent in the work place, and so their start date depends more on their employer and when they would like for them to start. So don’t wait, help them start their Apprenticeship journey now!

If you would like to speak to our team about apprenticeships contact our team today!