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Apprenticeship Information for Parents

Apprenticeship Information for Parents

As a parent or carer you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. There are many options available to young people after they reach 16, with apprenticeships being a key route into a successful career.

School Leaving Age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. If your child was born on or after 1 September 1997 they 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 or traineeship
  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training

An apprenticeship combines a real job with training which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships can take between one and four 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, without the associated student debt.

To find out more about the offer from the Learning & Enterprise College Bexley

Find out more about Apprenticeships Find out more about Traineeships 

Apprenticeship FAQs 

Contact us on 020 3045 5176 or email: traineeship@lecb.ac.uk

How you can help your child to find an Apprenticeship

    • Use your network of family and friends to identify job opportunities.
    • Encourage your son/daughter to prepare a CV and covering letter outlining their skills, knowledge and experience.
    • Contact a wide range of businesses and follow up with CV and covering letter.
    • Encourage your son/daughter to seek Careers Advice, for example from careers fairs, the National Careers Service, schools and colleges
    • Look on the national website dedicated to Apprenticeships, for job opportunities and more information: www.apprenticeships.org.uk 


Governments Parents Guide to Apprenticeships