Apprenticeships have always been as a great way to start a career, providing valuable work experience and knowledge along with a decent wage. In recent years they have benefitted from increased funding through the apprenticeship levy, a focus on a quality learner experience, and programme development in line with business needs. This all means there really isn’t a better time to consider this route after school, college or University.
As a parent it can be difficult knowing what the “right” choice is for your child, even with the wealth of information that’s available. So, we’ve put together a short guide and a few articles to help you understand the world of apprenticeships, dispel the myths and help you help your child make an informed decision.
So, what IS an apprenticeship?
Put simply, an apprenticeship is a job in which the apprentice receives role and work-relevant training. Apprentices benefit from working alongside more experienced colleagues and gain the relevant knowledge and practical skills which are a proven way to succeed in a chosen career.
Apprentices are paid a wage and are entitled to the same benefits as their colleagues, such as holiday and sick pay.
Through the apprenticeship levy, or through an employer contribution, the employer will take on the full costs of the apprentice’s training. This won’t be shouldered by the apprentice (or their parents) so there is no student debt!
Training depends on the type of Apprenticeship being studied. For the majority of programmes delivered by Remit Group we offer a blended approach with some self-study, supported by e-learning, alongside some workplace learning supported by a development coach and a workplace mentor provided by the employer. Our Automotive qualifications include block release, where the apprentice comes to our purpose-built Academy facility in Derby for a week each month to do practical work and assessments with our team of industry experienced assessors. Other, higher level or management programmes include workshops created and developed by employers to support specific learning outcome.
Keeping a young person safe is one of the most important roles:
- All Remit staff are DBS checked and PREVENT trained
- Workplaces are assessed for health and safety
- Remit has a designated safeguarding officer for Apprentices
6 apprenticeship myths… Busted
If you’re following us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ll have noticed that we are debunking the most common apprenticeship myths, from wages they offer to the sectors they are available in. Here we discuss the 6 most common myths about Apprenticeships and offer the real facts.
- Apprenticeships are only for people who didn’t do well at school, and my child won’t be able to go onto Uni if they do one.
Wrong! Whilst an apprenticeship will certainly support someone who didn’t do so well academically, apprenticeships come in all types of levels, from GCSE to degree! Your child’s chances of going to University are also not affected; many apprentices choose to go on to University after they complete their apprenticeship to go even further in their chosen field of work. The practical experience they have gained helps them climb the ladder quicker.
- Apprenticeships are only for manual labour jobs
This is one of the most common myths in apprenticeships. Your child certainly can do a more manual role with an apprenticeship, but did you know they can also do apprenticeships in IT, Hospitality, Food Manufacturing, Digital Marketing, Health and Social Care, Business Administration and Operations Management?!
- If my child does an apprenticeship, they’ll just be making tea and coffee
Not at all. Employers are hiring apprentices, so they can train them to do a specific role, often to fill a skills gap that exists in the company, and often the industry. So, whilst they certainly might be part of the office tea round, that certainly won’t be their job! They’ll work alongside qualified members of staff to learn the tricks of the trade and study for their qualifications, becoming a valued member of the team.
- Apprenticeships don’t lead to full time jobs
Although this can be a worry for someone about to undertake an apprenticeship, in reality more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends, with 67% remaining with the same employer! There’s certainly scope for long term employment, if that’s what they’re looking for and many careers are supported by a range of apprenticeships.
- Apprentices aren’t paid a decent wage
This is a real concern for parents whose children are considering an Apprenticeship. There’s often a feeling that apprentices are little more than cheap labour for unscrupulous companies. This is simply untrue. Businesses are looking for the best talent and are often willing to pay more than you think. It is true that your child will be earning more once they’re qualified, but they will receive all their training and qualifications without the debt of university.
- A graduate can’t do an apprenticeship
Wrong! While doing an apprenticeship to gain sufficient UCAS points to go to uni is quite common, doing an apprenticeship after a degree is relatively new. Under the new funding rules brought in with the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017, new apprenticeship standards are available for someone with a degree, as long as the learning is evidentially different. Many graduates therefore get the benefits of continuing their learning in a more practical setting.
So instead of apprenticeships or university, it should now be apprenticeships AND university.
- 3 – 4 years of study
- Opportunity to do a placement to get experience in desired industry
- Tuition fees up to £9250 p/a in England
- Over 130 universities in the UK
- Salary paid for the duration of the training
- No tuition fees, costs are covered via government funding and employer contribution
- Apprentices develop practical skills and knowledge to help in their chosen career path from working alongside industry experts
- Many level 6 and 7 (equivalent to degree and Masters) level apprenticeship available
- Over 1500 job roles are now supported by apprenticeships