Information for Parents

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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A parent's guide to apprenticeships

Entry Requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

Apprenticeship Levels

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
Under 18 £3.79 £3.87
Under 18 £3.79 £3.87

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

Raising the participating age (RPA)

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:

Applying for an Apprenticeship

At any one time there are up to 25,000 Apprenticeship vacancies available on in a variety of careers and industries across England.

View the National Apprenticeship Service ‘How to Apply’ film for useful hints and tips on applying.

*Returns to Intermediate and Low Level Qualifications (September 2011)
** Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2011

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