Really struggling to find apprenticeship opportunities that aren't the usual bricklaying/hair and beauty which is not what DS (17) wants to go into. School are useless and pushing for uni which I think is too expensive and DS wants to get straight into work. If a degree was offered as part of the apprenticeship I'm sure he'd take it but to just go to uni is not part of his plan.
Have looked there a lot of it is engineering etc and based in places like London/middle of nowhere, we are in Liverpool and he does not drive so needs to be accessible. His interests are more creative/digital i.e design/web development & unpaid is not an option
Hi Alexandra, I've got the same problem with my 15 year old son. He's really into design too and we've exhausted all our options as his school have really been useless because he's quite academic and are pushing him into the university route too which I know isn't a bad thing! If you're on twitter I saw an event that's being held in Shop Direct on Monday 30th July and it's showcasing different apprenticeship opportunities in Liverpool! Here's the link. Plus its free!
Theres a government apprenticeship website. If he applied for the better paid ones and was successful he could move and rent somewhere. Spare roomwebsite is good as most are a room with bills included and a shorter contract. Like uni but far more independent
OP there are apprentice opportunities like that out there, I’m looking to hire one myself (digital/web design/social media etc). We’re on the outskirts of London so it’s no good for you but they are out there, keep looking.
Hi Alexandra, I’m in that position at the moment too
Has your son thought about other options? I’ve seen a post on Facebook about The F Factor which looks like it could be good for your son and I’m going to get mine involved. There’s a cash prize for the winner, and I think the company also offers apprenticeships. This is the post I saw, hope it helps: www.facebook.com/f.factor/videos/1987605298211578