Parent/Guardian Guide to an Apprenticeship

As a parent/guardian you want your child to have the best possible start to their career. There are options available for your child to do this once they have left school. We have outlined the benefits and information you will want to know about being an Apprentice.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a full time job working from a minimum of 30 hours per week, with training meaning the apprentice will be earning whilst learning and gaining a national recognised qualification.



Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 70 national
universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be
confirmed throughout the year.
– Earning a salary and paid holiday;
– Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the

ranks within the workplace;
– Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on

finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see
increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.



Those interested  are able to apply directly through our own website on our vacancy page ITECNE and they can also apply through the government website GOV.UK/apply-apprenticeship. On both sites they can search via location, apprenticeship role or qualification.

After finding a job role that interests them, your daughter or son can easily apply for the vacancy by following the step-by-step instructions. After completing our application form our learner recruitment office will be in touch. They will organise a day for your child to attend to one of our centres to register with ITEC and go through the apprenticeship delivery with them.

If a learner requires additional support then ITEC will manage any requirements and provide techniques and resources to help with their programme.



There are various levels of apprenticeships to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications.

ITEC currently offer the following levels:

  • Intermediate – This is a level 2 qualification and is the equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at Grades A*-C or 9-4
  • Advanced – This is a level 3 qualification and is the equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – This is a level 4 qualification and is the equivalent to a Foundation degree

All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.



Minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 per hour, some employers would pay more than this. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level.  Salaries for any of ITEC’s vacancies are on the posting on the gov website however we are more than happy to discuss this in person.


School Leaving Age

The government stated that all young people must stay in some form of education or training until they turn 18. This doesn’t mean they they have to stay in school, they have a choice and this could to continue their education in college, traineeships or an Apprenticeship. ITEC are here to support and get your child into the right role which suits them.


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ITEC North East are now working from home so you can no longer reach us on 01325 320052. To contact us with enquiries, email hello@itecne.co.uk or call 07783 336695 ONLY during office hours.