Apprenticeships are an excellent alternative to traditional learning routes at any stage of your child’s educational career. They allow them to gain qualifications equivalent to those they would have been working towards at college or university but to work, gain experience and get paid at the same time. There are also a number of other benefits that may surprise you:
Apprenticeships are no longer a specialised route, at any one time, there are up to 20,000 apprenticeships available on Apprenticeships.org.uk and the government invests more and more in them every year. The number of higher apprenticeships is also increasing year on year, giving more and more young people the chance to earn a degree equivalent qualification in the workplace.
85% of apprentices stay in employment, following the completion of their apprenticeship, and two thirds remain with the same employer. Furthermore, research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills showed that a third of former apprentices had received a promotion within a year of finishing. Even those that do not stay with the same employer have a good chance of getting a job because employers view qualified apprentices as 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
Long-term research shows that, compared to those without further or higher qualifications, people who have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship will earn on average £60,000 more, over their lifetime. This figure rises to around £100,000 for Advanced Apprenticeships and over £150,000 for Higher Apprenticeships.