Myth Buster for Parents & Guardians of Potential Apprentices
As a parent you want your children to have the best start to their career and they may be considering doing an apprenticeship. Here, we lay out the benefits and opportunities that an apprenticeship could offer by tackling those common misconceptions, so you can rest assured that it is a good route for your child to follow as they start their chosen career.
Myth 1: An apprenticeship is not a real job
False. Apprenticeships are actually more than a real job. Your child will be doing a job and earning a wage but they’ll also be learning as they do so and gaining the skills they need for their chosen profession.
Myth 2: An apprenticeship will limit my child’s progression and career options
False. Apprenticeships are available in many levels right up to degree level so your child can progress their learning as far as they would like to take it. Equally they can choose to progress their career by working up the ranks in the workplace. They will therefore actually have more options than they would ordinarily get by doing an academic course alone.
Myth 3: My child won’t be earning much as an apprentice
False. There is a UK apprenticeship national minimum wage of £3.50 per hour but many companies offer above this. Salaries vary depending on region, sector and the level of the apprenticeship but on the minimum wage, apprentices who spend 40 hours a week working and learning will be earning at least £122 a week.
Myth 4: Entry onto an apprenticeship is competitive and there aren’t many available
False. There are between 28,000 and 30,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online at any one time, in a variety of careers and industries across England. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 and there are different entry requirements depending on the sector and particular job.