A Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships

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Apprenticeships can be a lot more accessible for students after a different approach to learning. Academia might be the way forward for some children, but for others it doesn’t have to be, as taking on a job while earning a qualification could be the best way forward for your child. To learn more about apprenticeships and how they work, here is a guide for you.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid role much like working in the field, as well as receiving a qualification alongside their training. These are a very popular choice for students looking to pursue a more practical, hands-on kind of study.

While the vast majority of a person’s time is spent in the job picking up unique skills and developing their craft, around 20% of this time will be in a classroom where they will work towards a nationally-recognised qualification.

Who can apply for an apprenticeship?

Technically, anyone that fits the criteria can apply for an apprenticeship. Many adults could be looking for a career change or an opportunity to enhance their skills in their current role. For the most part, as this is applicable for parents, students that have finished their GCSE studies and received the right grades to proceed can go on to take up an apprenticeship. If your child has a particular career in mind that relies more on the practical elements, like a construction or engineering course.

What other elements do I have to consider?

For your child there may be a lot of considerations on top of an apprenticeship. For example, your child may have to take on a few other courses to be nationally certified and ready to take on responsibilities in a full time position. In construction you will need to take on a CITB health and safety awareness course to be able to safely be relied upon in the field.

It’s important to know all of the facts before approaching particular apprenticeships. There may be something out there for your child, but there could be other considerations to these areas, and it helps to know where you can support your child.

Popular apprenticeships your child could be interested in vary from hair and makeup design, construction and much more. Should your child be keen to pursue a more practical qualification, maybe this is the approach for them.

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