A Parent / Carer's Guide To Apprenticeships


Setting off on a career path can be overwhelming for young people. As their parent, guardian or carer, you’ll play a key role in guiding them as they take their next step. Whether they get top grades or don’t thrive in academic environments, apprenticeships shouldn’t be overlooked. With new higher and degree apprenticeships popping up each year, it offers the best of both worlds – learning and earning at the same time.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprentices get paid and train at the same time, with at least 20% of their time spent in off the job training, based here at New College Swindon. They train to be fully competent in their chosen occupation and step onto a career path with lots of future potential.

An apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship they choose, what level it’s at, and previous experience. They get valuable hands-on experience working whilst learning, helping them to progress in their working life.

Completing an apprenticeship means they’ve earned and learned. Bearing in mind that the training is funded by contributions from the government and their employer, and they receive a regular salary, apprenticeships are a great option for getting on the job ladder or supercharging your child’s career.

Whether at the start of their career, wanting to change career direction, or returning to work after a break,
Range of Apprenticeships.

More than meets the eye

Perceptions of apprenticeships as entry-level, trade-based, low-quality courses persist – but couldn’t be further from reality. Changes to funding, minimum requirements and the development of occupation-focused standards have driven up the quality of apprenticeships, and employers are taking notice. While earning a wage, apprentices gain highly transferable skills and training (which could include a degree) to set them up for a wide range of career paths. Alongside this, they’ll gain hands-on experience in a real-world setting – an invaluable asset when it comes to future employment.

What Apprenticeships can they do?

There’s an apprenticeship for everyone – download our latest full time college prospectus to see what’s on offer. During the apprenticeship, your child will gain important insight into their chosen industry – and if they decide the occupation isn’t for them, they’ll be equipped with skills and experience to make them extremely employable, no matter what step they take next. In fact, 88% of apprentices remain in employment after completing their apprenticeship.

For more information speak to our friendly Apprenticeships Team on 01793 498208 or email apprenticeships@swindon.ac.uk