What is an apprenticeship?

The Parent Perspective

There has never been a better time for a school leaver to start an apprenticeship in North Derbyshire. There are, on average, 23,000 apprenticeship opportunities listed across the country every month. There are currently 100 higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.

In fact apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels and an apprentice can, if they like, attain a degree alongside their apprenticeship. For example, a level 6 or 7 apprenticeship being the equivalent educational level to a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Alongside still attaining a qualification there are a range of benefits for your child choosing an apprenticeship.

Salary and future earning potential

Over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training. Higher apprentices could earn £150,000 more on average over their lifetime compared to those with Level 3 vocational qualifications, in fact, 36% of higher apprentices report getting a promotion after completing their apprenticeship.

Excellent progression being trained in what employers want

Nearly all apprentices feel that they acquire or improve their skills as a direct result of their apprenticeship. 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship; 97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.

The parent perspective

“My parent’s thoughts on me becoming an apprentice were really positive and they were as excited as I was. My mother and my father were apprehensive at first as I was only 17 when I joined One to One but they were very supportive with me when I started and even now they are still as supportive as ever.” – Chelsea, One To One Support Services

Find out more about apprenticeships from the parent’s perspective or hear it from the apprentice perspective as we talk to a number of current apprentices across the town. 

To help parents understand more about the opportunities available, APM, the chartered body for the project profession, has produced this short general guide to apprenticeships for parents.

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Resources and Information

Resources and Information

There are a number of resources available to provide information on apprenticeships in Chesterfield and North East Debyshire.

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