“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11


An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your child to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

Your son or daughter will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday entitlements. They also benefit from off-the-job training that improves their skills and knowledge to perform better in their role. This route often leads to permanent employment or university. Apprentices usually start on Level 2 or 3 (equivalent to GCSE or A Level) and could continue onto Level 4 or 5 (foundation degree level) and in some cases, even up to Level 6 or 7 (bachelor’s or master’s degree level).

Apprentices have to be paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage of £3.90 per hour. Many employers choose to pay more and in York apprentices receive an average of £4.97 per hour. Apprentices can be full or part time and after 12 months of employment, all apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage for their age. Apprentices and employers are supported by a training provider, who deliver the theory and technical side to the programme.

There are several ways to receive training: one day per week at college or training centre, block placements (e.g. a week at college) or visits to the workplace by the training provider. Apprentices usually complete an online portfolio and some apprenticeships include formal assessments such as end point exams or projects.

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