Teachers and Parents

As a parent, you can feel worried if your son or daughter decides not to pursue further or higher education. However completing an apprenticeship is also a valid and recognised way of getting into work and into the right career.

Here are some of the most asked questions by parents on apprenticeships and how it can benefit their child. If you require more information then contact us today

What is an Apprenticeship?

It is the chance to gain extra skills and qualifications, experience a working environment and earn a wage.

Can my child expect a good career at the end of an Apprenticeship?

Of course! When the apprenticeship is finished the apprentice comes away with a nationally recognised qualification, and the skills learnt during the programme will mean they are ready to enter a permanent, full time position in a working sector. Also, the company or business where the apprenticeship was undertaken at may offer the apprentice a job there.

Do Apprentices receive a wage?

In their first year, apprentices aged from 16 to 19 receive the national minimum wage which currently stands at £3.30 per hour. However after the first year of the apprenticeship is completed, apprentices are entitled to national minimum wage for their age. More information can be found here

How many hours a week can an apprentice work?

To receive National Minimum Wage, apprentices must work at least 30 hours a week

Can an Apprenticeship lead to University?

Yes! Some apprenticeships offer UCAS points towards their university entry and there is the chance to complete a Higher Apprenticeship, which can lead onto a Foundation Degree at university.

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

Based on the level of training, an apprenticeship can take between 1 and 4 years to complete. However a yearlong apprenticeship can be extended at the employers discretion based on work based performance.

Do Apprentices have the same benefits as permanent staff members?

Apprentices are still entitled to 20 paid holiday days a year as well as bank holidays

Can Apprentices choose where they want to work?

Yes. There are many vacancies to choose, ranging from hairdressing to retail assistant and lab technicians to plumbing. Skills Made Easy operates in the Sheffield City Region which includes Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Mansfield, North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield, so finding an apprenticeship near you has never been easier.

As parents, do we have to pay anything towards the Apprenticeship?

If your child is aged between 16 and 18, 100% of the apprenticeship will be paid. If aged between 19 and 23, 50% is paid, and over the age of 24 a contribution to training costs is required.