Information for Parents

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. It allows your daughter or son to earn while they learn while gaining a nationally recognised training assessment, and in many cases qualifications. Apprenticeships take at least a year to complete.

What apprenticeships are available to my child at University College Birmingham? 

  • Bakery
  • Business and Administration
  • Butchery
  • Care Leadership and Management
  • Chef Catering
  • Childcare and Early Years
  • Clinical Health
  • Customer Service
  • Food and Drink Service
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitality Management
  • Leadership Management

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

The potential benefits of an apprenticeship can include: 

  • earning a salary
  • receiving a contract for employment
  • receiving training in skills that employers want
  • excellent progression opportunities
  • increasing future earning potential
  • receiving the support of a mentor
  • receiving holiday pay

What are the entry requirements?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job. Please look at the individual apprenticeship pages for details.

Are there different levels of apprenticeship?

Yes, there are three levels of apprenticeship. They depend on your child’s skills and qualifications. The levels are: 

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 or 5) 
  • Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6)

The core components for Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships when delivered as a framework are:

  • A nationally recognised vocational qualification
  • Functional skills (like English and maths), and IT for some frameworks 
  • A technical certificate such as a BTEC or City & Guilds in some instances 
  • Other professional qualifications or requirements as specified by the job 

The core components for all levels of apprenticeships when delivered as a standard are: 

  • Skills, knowledge and behaviours as agreed by employer groups 
  • All standards require English and maths Functional Skills at Level 1 and/or Level 2 
  • Some standards also require specified qualifications 

All standards have End Point Assessments, carried out by approved assessment organisations. 

See www.instituteofapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards for more information.

What will my son or daughter earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is listed on www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates. Lots of employers pay over the national apprenticeship wage. The average gross weekly wage for an apprentice is £200.

Some Higher Apprenticeships can pay £300-£500 per week. 

Why does my child have to continue in education or training?

If your child completed Year 11 in the summer 2014 or later, they have to stay in education or training until they are 18. That could include studying in a school, within a 6th form, in a college like UCB, or with a commercial training provider.

For further information, see www.instituteofapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards 

Download the 'Parents Guide to Apprenticeships' (PDF)

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