Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships

WHAT ARE APPRENTICESHIPS?

Apprenticeships are work-based programmes that deliver a package of on-the-job training and occupationally-relevant qualifications. Your son/daughter or person who you care for will develop the skills, knowledge and experience that will stand them in good stead for their chosen career path.The apprentice will gain:

  • highly respected and relevant qualifications
  • on-the-job experience
  • industry-relevant knowledge and skills
  • functional skills in English, maths and ICT.

HOW TO FIND AN APPRENTICESHIP

Your son or daughter will need to apply for an apprenticeship job of their choice. Our website advertises the vacancies of apprenticeship courses that we deliver and is regularly updated. When they click ‘APPLY’ they will be directed to the National Apprenticeship Vacancy website where they can register and apply for apprenticeship jobs directly. We collate the applications and send them to the employer who will shortlist and may offer an interview.The candidate can also send in an application form which can be downloaded from our website.

HOW DO APPRENTICESHIPS WORK?

Your son or daughter will be employed in an apprenticeship job role and will work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific knowledge, skills and behaviours. An assessor will visit the apprentice on a regular basis to assess competence and review progress. Depending on their programme they will usually work four days with their employer and attend college one day per week to build technical knowledge and core skills. However, there are some apprenticeships that do not require attendance at college.

ESSENTIALS SKILLS FOR WORK

Employers regularly tell us that, as well as qualifications, they expect their apprentices to gain core skills such as problem solving, teamwork and to learn to use initiative. This is an integral part of our apprenticeship courses.

GREAT CAREERS

An apprenticeship could be the start of a great career for your son or daughter. On completion, the vast majority of our apprentices stay on with their employers in a permanent position or progress onto higher levels of education such as university.

ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING

Apprenticeships are about gaining training, skills and experience on the job. Being job-ready is one of the great advantages of being an apprentice compared to a full-time student.

PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Apprenticeships provide a clear progression route from Level 2 to Level 3 and, in some cases, to Level 4 and Level 5 which are equivalent to the starting years of university degrees.

Some apprenticeship qualifications attract UCAS points and apprentices can progress onto university after their apprenticeship.

INDUSTRY-RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS

The qualifications that the apprentice will gain are shaped by employers and industry experts so you can feel confident that your son or daughter will gain qualifications that are respected and valued within their chosen career.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about our apprenticeship programmes please contact training@camre.ac.uk or call 01223 418778.

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