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 qualification. Apprenticeships take at least a year to complete.

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

  • Bakery
  • Business and Administration
  • Butchery
  • Chef Catering
  • Childcare and Early Years
  • Customer Service
  • Food and Drink Service
  • Hairdressing
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality
  • Marketing
  • Sport
  • Travel and Tourism

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

Your child will:

  • earn a salary
  • receive training in skills that employers want
  • benefit from excellent progression opportunities
  • increase their future earning potential
  • earn at a pace that suits them
  • get the support of a mentor
  • get 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 above) 

The core components for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships are:

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

The core components for Higher Apprenticeships are the same, but exclude The functional skills element.

What will my son or daughter earn?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour. Lots of employers pay more than this. 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 or college, like University College Birmingham, or with a training provider. Full-time work or volunteering can be combined with part-time education or training.

Download the 'Parents Guide to Apprenticeships' (PDF)