Apprenticeships - Parents Information

Apprenticeships are an alternative further education route for your child.

The government has stated that all young people must stay in some form of 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 an apprenticeship.

As a parent 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, and in this guide we outline information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career.

What's an Apprenticeship?

It's a real job, with real training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 50 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be confirmed throughout the year.

  • Earning a salary and paid holiday
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
  • Increased future earning potential - apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their career.

What levels are there?

There are various levels of apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

  • Intermediate Level 2: Equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grades 9 to 4
  • Advanced Level 3: Equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7: Equivalent to HNDs, Foundation, Bachelors or Masters degree

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice's ability and competence in their job role.

At any one time there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online in a variety of careers and industries across England. Visit You can search by keyword (job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level) and by location. You can also visit our college website to see our current vacancies

Once the right job comes up, your son or daughter can simply register on the website and follow the step by step instructions to apply for the role.

The apprenticeships YouTube channel has useful hints and tips on applying plus other videos on apprenticeships, visit YouTube and search apprenticeships/NAS.

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90** per hour, but many employers pay more than this. This can be dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level. More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on 'Find an apprenticeship'.

As an academic qualification, apprenticeships ideally require maths and English GCSE grades 9 - 4 (A*- C). All apprentices must provide certificates to confirm qualifications and we reserve the right to withdraw any conditional offer if grades are not achieved or evidence cannot be provided.

Students who don't meet our stated entry requirements, those awaiting GCSE/GCSE retake grades, or mature students e.g. who can't find GCSE results will be offered an appointment to come into college (Easton or Otley campus) and sit an online assessment. The required achievement grade is BKSB Level 1 or above but we will consider an Entry 3 grade if the student shows commitment to continue their maths and English learning. Any student coming out below Entry 3 grade will not be accepted onto an apprenticeship programme. If the entry requirements are not achieved we will discuss and support you in looking at alternative options.