I work for a social housing provider, and we have been asked by a local very large employer to look into providing dedicated housing for their apprentices. At the moment they stay in shared houses a bit like students do.
I'm sure the big companies looking for dozens of apprentices every year can't expect to recruit them all from the local comp but none of them mention accommodation as one of the things they offer apprentices.
Companies do not tend to think of accommodation issues. In the same way that they would not expect to provide accommodation for their employees they don't do it for apprentices. It's the same as getting a job, you wouldn't expect your employer to provide accommodation, it's down to the applicant to decide if they can manage to get there each day. The reason schools push university is because vacancies for apprenticeships are unpredictable and tend not come with any additional benefits like accommodation. You may have to consider paying for accommodation four your DC if it's a good opportunity.
Hiya, My friends started his apprenticeship at age 16 after GCSEs . An amazing package that paid his travel, living accommodation and training. With National Grid . Been on it for 18mths almost - doing very well.