What’s the best possible start for your child’s career?

As a parent, you want the best for your child and you want them to get the best possible start in their career. After your child leaves school, there are many options open to them, one of which is apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are a key route into a successful career. It’s a real job, with real experience and training which means your earning while you’re learning and gaining a national recognised qualification.


What levels of Apprenticeships are there?


Please find the levels of Apprenticeships and the equivalent of educations levels below:

  • Intermediate – Level 2 – 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
  • Advanced – Level 3 – 2 A level passes
  • Higher – Level 4,5,6 and 7 – Foundation Degree and Above
  • Degree – 6 and 7 – Bachelor’s or master’s degree


All apprenticeships include elements of on and off the job training which leads to industry recognised standards or qualifications.


Are there benefits to Apprenticeships?


The answer is yes. Here are only some of the following:

  • Apprenticeships are now available to a degree level and beyond.
  • Earn while you learn – Earn a salary and paid holiday.
  • Excellent progression opportunities; can study further or be offered a permanent position in your workplace and climb the ranks.
  • Increased future earning potential – Apprentices enjoy a salary increase on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see some earnings increase to an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.


Can my child apply?


The Government stated that all young people must stay in education or training until at least their 18th Birthday. This does not necessarily mean they must stay in school, your child can choose how they continue their education, which can mean an apprenticeship.


Apprenticeships are fully funded for many sectors by the Education Skills Funding Agency for 16-18-year-olds, conditions apply to those aged 19 years and over. Apprenticeships last from 13 months to 48 months, depending on the qualification your child wishes to pursue.


To start an apprenticeship, your child must be living in the UK, and have 3 years or more residency status, and not be in full-time education.


Some apprenticeship vacancies will display the ‘positive about disabled’ logo meaning the employer has agreed to meet commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees. Any disabled candidate applying for a vacancy showing this logo will be guaranteed an interview if they meet the job requirements.


IPS International are a Disability Confident Employer and we look to help place any disabled employees into Apprenticeship job vacancies.


How does my child apply?


Your child will need to create an online account to apply for apprenticeships on: www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/register


Please click here to visit our Apprenticeship career page where you can download a ‘Become an Apprentice’ guideline, which gives you a step by step on how to register.


Once they are registered, they can search by keyword (job role, apprenticeship level etc.) to find what they are looking for and to apply to any job applications. At any one time, there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online across England.

If they take an IPS Apprenticeship for example, we have a recruitment team who will help your child with the process and if they match an employer’s vacancy criteria, they will be given a telephone interview with our in-house recruitment department and if they pass this, they will then be put forward for an interview with the employer.


What salaries could my child be earning?


The National Minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 per hour but this will be changing to a new rate in April 2018 of £3.70. However, many employers will pay more than the minimum wage and this is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level.


Your child can find out how much a salary will be paid when they view a job vacancy, which will also include weekly hours etc.


Need more advice?


Visit the GOV website for more information on Apprenticeships or search our IPS apprenticeship website and look at our ‘Become an Apprentice’ page to find out what apprenticeships IPS offer and to read some of our fantastic case studies to get a better idea of an apprentice journey and the benefits an apprenticeship holds.


If you would like more information, you can contact us on 01634 298808 or visit our Contact us page.

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