Information for parents

We know that you only want the very best for your child and their future, that’s why we offer only the highest quality Apprenticeships in partnership with the best employers.

“It’s great that my son, Matt, is completing a Customer Service Apprenticeship with University Cribs, they seem to be a really supportive employer and he is also enjoying the training element with Educ8. Matt was unemployed for 6 weeks in between graduating and starting work. Since undergoing the Customer Service Apprenticeship Matt has developed many skills, this has aided him in every aspect of the working world and I am excited to see his developments as the course continues.  Thanks Educ8 for helping Matt to find this opportunity!”

Mrs Sally Oughton (Matt’s Mum)

Whether your child has succeeded in school or college or not, an apprenticeship is a great way for young people of all abilities to get onto the career ladder whilst continuing their learning and development. An Apprenticeship will allow your child to gain experience and skills relating to the world of work, earn a salary and gain a nationally recognised qualification—all without having to pay any fees/get into debt. Furthermore, evidence shows that individuals with an Apprenticeship are more likely to gain promotion in their place of work.

Common misconceptions about apprenticeships

 “Apprenticeships are only for 16-year olds”

Some employers may have specific requirements, but on the whole apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 or over. Available to learners from all ages and not just school leavers, apprenticeships are the perfect solution for people looking to upskill, re-enter the workforce or even change their career path later in life.

“Apprenticeships are restricted to the manual industries”

Originally a way for crafts people to pass on their trade skills, apprenticeships nowadays are a route into a much wider a range of professional fields. There are qualifications for most career paths at Educ8, including Management, Health and Social Care, Childcare, Advice and Guidance, Customer Service and Business Administration.

Most industry sectors are happy to hire apprentices and will provide then with equal opportunities to succeed.

“Other job alternatives are better paid than apprenticeships”

Some jobs do offer better salaries compared to apprenticeships when you add up the hours. However, the opportunities to develop and progress professionally are definitely greater for employees with a qualification.

“Completing an apprenticeship won’t lead to quality full time employment”

Another false notion many parents have about apprenticeship is the idea that if their child doesn’t go to university, their career prospects will be diminished.

Working for a specific company as part of the course also allows apprentices to make a positive impression on employers, often earning themselves an offer to continue in a full-time role before their apprenticeship is even over.

In fact, most apprentices move on to full time roles after the course, with starting salaries reaching as high as £25,000, which is more than what many university graduates earn when they first enter employment.

What are the key differences between apprenticeships and college courses? 

  • College courses may carry UCAS points (important if you hope to go to university) whilst apprenticeships do not.
  • Apprenticeships must be paid at the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and include legal working conditions such as a contract of employment, statutory sick pay, insurance, paid holidays etc.
  • Until you are 18 or over, after you have left full-time education, you cannot be employed in a workplace WITHOUT an apprenticeship. If you are offered a position ‘on trial’ for more than a day or two this would be in breach of employment and education legislation as you must remain in education or training (ie college or apprenticeship) until the age of 18.

What is the degree equivalent of each level of apprenticeships?

When comparing universities and apprenticeships, remember both paths provide your child with degree level qualifications. With apprenticeships now available up to and beyond a degree level, learners can apply to different levels based on their skills and qualifications.

Here’s the breakdown of apprenticeship levels and their educational equivalent:

Level 2 – 5 GCSE passes at Grades A*– C or 9 – 4

Level 3 – 2 A level passes

Levels 4, 5 and above – Foundation degree and above

Levels 6 and 7 – Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

By mixing traditional learning with on the job training, learners complete their apprenticeships with an industry recognised set of qualifications. To fully assess the abilities and competence of apprentices, some courses might feature an assessment as part of the qualification requirements.

When helping your children plan for the future, remember the importance of the qualifications as a launchpad to a great career, and the fact that a number of prestigious employers are growing their business through apprenticeships.

If you would like to find out more information, please contact us on 01443 749000 or