Advice for Parents/Guardians

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?

- Earn while you learn
- No Debt
- Practical and relevant experience
- Guidance and support
- Strengthen your CV
- Build your contacts
- Gain a nationally recognised qualification
- Progress within a business
- Low or no cost
- Become an essential part of the team

What will my child gain?

As well as gaining confidence, experience and a salary, your child will also gain a qualification:

1. NVQ/Diploma in the chosen sector
The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)/Diploma will be gained through on the job training and assessment.

2. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) is an understanding that employers and employees have responsibilities to each other.

3. Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
Functional Skills are qualifications in Maths, English and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills needed to learn, live and work successfully.

4. PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills)
These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. There are 6 PLTS:
- Independent Enquiry
- Creative Thinking
- Reflective Learning
- Team Working
- Self-managing
- Effective Participation

5. Technical Certificate
The Technical Certificate will provide learners with the required underpinning knowledge and understanding to successfully demonstrate competence within a range of common work roles.

What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and a Traineeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that combine on-the-job training with bite-size study. With an Apprenticeship your child will have an actual job, be working towards qualifications and getting paid! Traineeships prepare young people to become ‘work ready’ by increasing their core skill sets within such areas as Maths, English and Employability, while gaining vital work experience. A young person who has completed a Traineeship often progresses on to an Apprenticeship.

How to understand the progress of my child?

To track the progress of the learner, we use a system called OneFile. This can tell us the percentage they have completed within the Apprenticeship. It also tells us work that has been set, outstanding work and completed work. We hold an annual parents’ evening, where you will meet with your child’s Learning and Development Officer (LDO) and they will go through your child’s progress and how they’re performing.

Is my child guaranteed a job?

A study from the government shows that after completing an Apprenticeship, 85% of apprentices will stay in employment, with 64% staying with the same employer. 32% of all former apprentices receive a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, 75% reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

How much will my child get paid?

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year is £3.40 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Whom to contact if any issues arise?

When your child is signed up to one of our Apprenticeships they will be given an information pack which will include all required contact details. Whether it is a piece of work they are struggling with or a concern about their safety in the workplace, there will be a designated person to deal with your child’s issue and their contact details will be found in this pack.

How does my child find an Apprenticeship?

If your child is interested in doing an Apprenticeship, they can have a look through our current vacancies and apply online today! We also offer information, advice and guidance sessions, so if your child is not sure on the path they want to take, they can visit our centre and gather more information. For more information on this and when our next session is, call our recruitment team on 01204 677888.

Will my Child Benefit be affected if my child starts an Apprenticeship?

Your Child Benefit stops on 31st August on or after your child’s 16th birthday if they leave education or training. It continues if they stay in approved education or training, but you must tell the Child Benefit Office.

Approved education:

Education must be full-time (more than an average of 12 hours per week supervised study or course-related work experience) and can include:
- National Vocational Qualification (up to level 3)
- Traineeships in England