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Apprenticeship guide for parents

Your child’s school career is coming to a close; they’re about to find out what their GCSE results are and make a decision about what route they want to take to get into a career. There are a lot of different options available to your child, and it’s natural to feel worried about what decision they make. Apprenticeships have become increasingly popular, but a lot of parents don’t know what’s involved in one. We’ve written this blog that will give you the best advice about apprenticeships when helping your child to decide what to do after leaving school.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are government funded work-based training programmes for people aged 16 and over. They combine on the job training delivered by an employer with nationally recognised qualifications delivered by a training provider like Profound Services.

In other words, your child will have a job, get paid and study for a recognised qualification at the same time.

What type of apprenticeships are available?

There’s a common misconception that apprenticeships are only for people who are looking for work in hands-on roles, such as joinery or hairdressing. A lot of parents are mistaken by this and would choose to send their child to college to help them get into their career. Nowadays, this is no longer the case. Throughout the late 2000’s, we’ve seen over 100 frameworks come to life through the modernisation of apprenticeships. You can now find qualifications in Aerospace to Marketing, Dental Practice to Journalism, Legal Services to Manufacturing, and much more.

With Profound Services, your child can choose to study:


What are the entry requirements?

Some employers, depending on the qualification type, will require their apprentice to have specific GCSE qualifications. For example, a business employing a social media apprentice would like the candidate to have a good understanding of English grammar and spelling as they would be publishing content online. Therefore, they’d ask for their apprentice to have an English GCSE at grade A*-C.

An employer looking for a Catering Apprentice would perhaps look for a school leaver with a GCSE in cooking as it shows they are interested in that sector.

However, the main aim of an apprenticeship is to help people into a career while they gain qualifications relevant to that industry. Having specific qualifications relating to the apprenticeship gives your child a competitive advantage.

In most cases, employers would ask for 5 GCSE’s at grade A* - C.

Where will my child work?

An apprenticeship works very similarly in comparison to a normal job. The employer they work with is dependent on who is advertising for an apprenticeship and which interview your child is successful for.

You may find that it’s easier for your child to work with an employer that’s close to home or close to transport links.

When can my child start an apprenticeship?

Education providers like sixth forms and colleges start their programmes in September, but for apprenticeships, there is no set time to begin learning. Your child can begin an apprenticeship as soon as they turn 16 and has left school.

How much do apprentices get paid?

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices is £3.70. NMW for apprentices applies to those who are under 19 and who are aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship. If you’re aged 19 or over, and you’re in the second year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage for your age. Visit to find out the NMW for your age.

How can my child apply for an apprenticeship?

We currently have over 60 vacancies available, with more being added all the time. Please visit to search.

How will my child benefit from doing an apprenticeship?

  1. Your child will gain valuable work experience as they work alongside a team of professionals -  Training is provided by the employer and Training Adviser who both have a wealth of knowledge within the industry.
  2. Gain a wage - This is a perfect opportunity for your child to start developing their independence.
  3. Gain a recognised qualification while gaining experience - Apprenticeships don’t stop at level 3; your child could go on to complete a degree-level qualification.
  4. Boost confidence - Confidence is something a lot of young people struggle with but the most important quality to succeed in their career, relationships, and social scenarios.
  5. Get paid holidays - Your child can still take part in social events outside of working hours.
  6. Access student discount - Get the same benefits as a university student would.
  7. Fantastic job opportunities after your apprenticeship - Apprenticeships open hundreds of job roles within a variety of sectors. Apprentices find themselves entering managerial positions after completing their apprenticeship.
  8. Meet a whole range of people and make new friends along the way - A fantastic opportunity for your child to expand their social circle.

If your child is interested in completing an apprenticeship, let them know about our apprenticeship vacancies:


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