Figuring out whether your DC wants to go to university or not can be a stressful period for both parents and DCs alike. If your child has decided not to go to uni full time, it’s often hard to know what other options are out there. The National Apprenticeship Service, which is part of the Department for Education, wants to hear about Mumsnetters’ experiences of finding alternatives to uni. They want to know whether you’ve heard of the different apprenticeships options and whether they’re appealing to you and your DCs.
Here’s what the National Apprenticeship Service has to say on apprenticeships:
“The government has stated that all young people must stay in some sort 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. One of these choices could be an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a real job, with real training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain the necessary skills and professional competencies in your chosen career. They are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job and can last from a minimum of one year up to five years.
At any one time, there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available online in a variety of careers and industries across England such as the likes of Rolls-Royce, BBC, ASOS, ITV, Barclays, Airbus, IBM and Google, as well as thousands of small and medium-sized businesses.”
Here is more information from the National Apprenticeships Service about apprenticeships
They also have a partnership with The Student Room which you can access here
Here are a few questions that the National Apprenticeships Service is interested in hearing your thoughts about. Please comment on the thread below.
- If your child has decided not to go to college/university, have you been able to find out what other options are out there?
- Do you know how apprenticeships work - do you know what qualifications they give and what they pay? Please tell us about your experience.
- How difficult has it been for you to find information about apprenticeships and what types of apprenticeships are available?
- Did you know that there are degree apprenticeships?
- Did you know you can become a solicitor without going to university full time?
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