As a parent we understand that 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. We can give you an overview of apprenticeships and the benefits and progression opportunities available.
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Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.
There are three levels of Apprenticeship your son or daughter could apply for depending on their current skills and qualifications:
The core components for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships are:
What is the National Minimum Wage for an apprentice?
|Age||From 1 October 2014 Rate per hour||From 1 October 2015 Rate per hour|
|21 and over||£6.50||£6.70|
|18 to 20||£5.13||£5.30|
Apprentice (under age 19 or in first year of apprenticeship) £2.73 £3.30
The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.73 per hour, but many employers pay more than this. The average gross weekly wage for an apprentice is £200**. This is dependant on the sector, region and Apprenticeship level e.g. some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 to £500 per week. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific Apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training.
If your child completed year 11 in the summer 2014 (or any later year) they will need to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday.
This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post 16, which could be through:
At any one time there are up to 25,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available on www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship in a variety of careers and industries across England.
View the National Apprenticeship Service ‘How to Apply’ film www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxHfoyK3c9U for useful hints and tips on applying.
*Returns to Intermediate and Low Level Qualifications (September 2011)
** Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2011
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