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. If your child does have an idea for their future occupation, then you can research the routes available to them to achieve this and an Apprenticeship could be the one to help them fulfil this goal. There are many different Apprenticeships available, the idea could be daunting so here is some top tips and facts on Apprenticeships to help you.

Did you know, since May 2015 over 1.7 million people have started an Apprenticeship in England.


What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a key route into a successful career and are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and there is no upper age limit.

Apprenticeships are a real job, with real experience and training all whilst earning a wage, learning new skills and gaining a national recognised qualification.

There are up to 20,000 Apprenticeship vacancies advertised on the government portal ‘Find an apprenticeship’.


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 or 9-4 equivalent
  • Advanced (Level 3) – 2 A level passes equivalent
  • Higher (Level 4, 5, 6 and 7) – Foundation Degree and Above equivalent
  • Degree (Level 6 and 7) – Bachelor’s or Master’s degree equivalent


All Apprenticeships include elements of on and off the job training (20% of an apprentice’s paid time is off-the-job, where they learn and develop within their role, roughly equivalent to one day a week) which leads to industry recognised standards or qualifications.


What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

There are so many benefits to pursuing your career through an Apprenticeship, here are just a few examples:

  • Apprenticeships are now available to a degree level and beyond
  • Earn while you learn – you can earn a salary and have paid holiday; Apprentices get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus 8 bank holidays
  • Excellent progression opportunities; Apprentices can study further or may even be offered a permanent position in the workplace and climb the ranks
  • 12 months is the minimum length of all Apprenticeship programmes
  • 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 states 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 could include an Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are fully funded for many sectors by the Education Skills Funding Agency and the programmes last from 13-48 months, depending on the qualification your child wishes to pursue.

To start an Apprenticeship, your child must be living in the UK with 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 eligible individual into an Apprenticeship job vacancy.



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 potentially submit their applications to a range of Apprenticeships in a variety of sectors across the UK.

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.


Working locally or looking to explore opportunities further away?

You can use the government website ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ to consider different locations and travel options and you can narrow your search down to keywords and locations local to you.


What salaries could my child be earning?


The National Minimum wage for Apprentices is £3.90 per hour, 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?

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


Want to download a ‘Become an Apprentice’ Guide for your child?