What parents need to know

Making the switch from education to employment is a big deal for youngsters. As parents, you’ll naturally want what’s best for your son or daughter – and they’ll need your help in making decisions that could shape their lives.

According to a survey by the National Apprenticeship Service, 87% of parents give career advice to their children – but up to 90% don’t feel well informed enough to offer it in the first place.

That’s why we’ve created an overview of what parents need to know about our award-winning Apprenticeship Schemes, sharing our knowledge to help you understand what apprenticeships involve and why our schemes are so great!

Apprenticeships are an opportunity for your child to ‘earn while they learn’ – gaining on-the-job experience while studying for recognised qualifications… and getting paid while they’re at it!

Whereas apprenticeships were once associated with manual trades, they’ve evolved into hundreds of different roles across all sorts of industries from Business and Management to Engineering and Telecommunications.

We offer Apprenticeship Schemes on permanent contracts across all levels; ranging from Intermediate to Higher and Degree apprenticeships, which are equivalent to achieving a university qualification. The length of our schemes depends on the role (usually between one to three years) with positions available across the country.

Each of our schemes has been uniquely designed, offering a structured programme that ensures our apprentices develop specialised and transferrable skills under the guidance of caring mentors who are there to support and offer regular feedback reviews.

All of our schemes are funded by us – so there’s no tuition fees, no student loans and no debt! While, depending on what level they enter, your child could be earning anything between £16,000 and £18,000+ a year (with salary progression) along with some amazing benefits. And, completing a Higher apprenticeship could see your child’s earnings increase by around £150,000 over their lifetime!

At least 20% of an apprenticeship scheme will be spent studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. This time can be carried out weekly or in large blocks depending on the scheme’s structure. Your child will need to complete a body of evidence to achieve a chosen qualification or award.

And, we don’t believe that learning should stop once your child’s apprenticeship ends – which is why we have an extensive range of additional learning options, including further university studies and management courses.

But, perhaps the main draw of apprenticeships is that they offer your child a proverbial ‘foot in the door’ in our business, and most of our successful applicants go on to have rewarding careers with us.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions pages for more detailed information about apprenticeships.