Why should your child complete an apprenticeship? | BAE Systems | International

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Information for parents

As a parent you want your child to get the best possible start in their career.

What is an apprenticeship?

 
An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son 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. 
 
There are various levels of apprenticeship your son or daughter could apply for depending on their current skills and qualifications:
 
– Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2) e.g. GCSE or equivalent;
– Advanced apprenticeship (level 3) e.g. A-Level or equivalent;
– Higher and degree apprenticeships (level 4 or above).
 
The core components for intermediate and advanced apprenticeships are: 
 
– A nationally recognised vocational qualification;
– Functional skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy and ICT);
– A technical certificate such as a BTEC or City & Guilds (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship);
– Other professional qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular job.
 
The core components for higher and degree apprenticeships are: 
 
– A nationally recognised vocational qualification;
– A technical knowledge qualification such as a foundation degree often leading to a Bachelor’s degree (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship);
– Other professional qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular job.
– Professional recognition through the relevant Professional Body (subject to the specific Apprenticeship);
 
 

Benefits of completing an apprenticeship


An apprenticeship can offer your son or daughter so many opportunities, a number of which are listed below: 
 
– Earning a salary;
– Training in the skills employers want;
– Excellent progression opportunities
– Increased future earning potential
– Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime;*
– Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor;
– Paid holidays
 
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