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  • A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships

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, and in this guide we outline information and benefits about Apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, gaining a nationally recognised qualification at the same time. Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from Engineering to Administration or Hairdressing to Accountancy. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

Benefits of doing an Apprenticeship

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities (whether it's further study or climbing the ranks within the workplace)
  • Increased future earning potential
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday

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.


The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.68 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. The average gross weekly wage for an apprentice is £200. This is dependent on the sector, region and Apprenticeship level e.g. some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.

More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific Apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on

Applying for an Apprenticeship

At any one time there are up to 20,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available on in a variety of careers and industries across England.

Click on 'Search for vacancies' on the home page of the website. You can search by area, type, level or salary and set up alerts.

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. You can also download the 'Av Search' app for smartphones to see vacancies while on the move.

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