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alexandra236 Wed 18-Jul-18 15:23:14

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.

Starting to panic now help!!!

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TeenTimesTwo Wed 18-Jul-18 15:28:35

Is this for post A-levels?
What sort of A levels and what are his interests?
e.g Accountancy takes people post-A levels?

Have you looked on the government apprenticeships website?

alexandra236 Wed 18-Jul-18 15:35:20

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

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katem191 Wed 18-Jul-18 15:43:25

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!

Hope this helps

LIZS Wed 18-Jul-18 15:57:22

What does he want to do? Accountancy firms, insurance companies, councils all take on apprentices post A level for example.

Kezzie200 Fri 20-Jul-18 20:49:42

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

celtiethree Wed 25-Jul-18 23:18:40

UCAS have very useful info re degree apprenticeships

HipHopTheHippieToTheHipHipHop Sun 26-Aug-18 21:17:30

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.

Summerx Thu 01-Nov-18 13:16:26

OP we found this website helpful - looks like there's quite a few varied apprenticeships in your area on here.

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JessieCW Wed 06-Mar-19 15:35:40

Hi Alexandra, I’m in that position at the moment too sad

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:

SunnySomer Wed 06-Mar-19 15:43:39

I was also going to suggest government as they have an IT/technology apprenticeship.

Vicky48 Sat 23-Mar-19 17:03:50

I know how you feel I have two sons to try and find apprenticeships for! One is doing GCSE's and one is doing A levels. It is not easy and you really have to do a lot of work to apply for them. They only want the best people and as they probably have 100's of people applying they can pick and choose I'm sure. I hope you son has more get up and go and initiative than mine have!

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