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Parents & Carers

As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. There are many options available to young people after they leave school.

What’s an apprenticeship? It is a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.


The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level E.g. some higher apprenticeships pay up to £500 per week.

More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on ‘Find an apprenticeship’.

School leaving age

The government has stated that all young people must stay in some form of education or training until at least their
18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue
in education or training post 16, which could be through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Entry requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

Recent legislation has come into effect which changes the minimum English and maths requirements needed to complete an apprenticeship for people with a learning difficulty or disability. The changes will lower the English and maths
requirements for these apprentices to an Entry Level 3 qualification.

A Disability Confident Employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria as defined by the employer. For more details, search Disability Confident on GOV.UK.

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Hear from two of our valued employers Fodens and McPhillips

Kieran Debanks runs through his apprenticeship and why he chose this direction


How to apply

At any one time there are between 12,000 – 20,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online in a variety of careers and industries across England. Visit GOV.UK/
apply-apprenticeship. You can search by keyword (job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level) and by location.

Once the right job comes up, your son or daughter can simply register on the website and follow the step-by-step instructions to apply for the role.

If they are not quite ready for an apprenticeship or job, they could try a traineeship with a local employer to gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to improve their English and maths, if needed. 

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 70 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be
confirmed throughout the year.
– Earning a salary and paid holiday
– Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
– Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see
increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.*

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