What your child chooses to do after GCSEs or sixth form is about them choosing a path that gives them the greatest chance of success depending on what’s best for them as individuals.

Apprenticeships are often referred to as an “earn while you learn” route to qualifications as they do not incur tuition fees and apprentices are paid as well as given the opportunity to undertake learning in a college, university or other educational establishment.

The Parents' Guide to Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to combine study with paid employment resulting in a professional qualification. Relatively new to the apprenticeship suite are “degree apprenticeships”, enabling students to get BSc or BA degree status.

The Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships includes clear and unbiased information on:

  • Types of apprenticeship– the qualifications needed at each entry stage, what further qualifications are on offer and how long each apprenticeship lasts;

  • The pros and cons –why apprenticeships are ideal for some teens but not for others;

  • Degree apprenticeships– how they differ from full-time university degrees;

  • How to research an apprenticeship;

  • Top ten apprenticeship providers;

  • The application process and why it differs from applying to university;

  • How you can help them prepare for interview to make the best impression;

  • What you can do to help them get them ready for life at work.

We have 50 years of research showing that what families do matters. Whether it’s loving school, university access, good attendance, or academic success, family engagement has positive correlations with all sorts of indicators

Dr Mapp - Senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

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