Information for parents and schools

More and more employers are seeing the value in apprenticeships

As a key decision-maker in your child’s life, it’s essential that you are fully-equipped with the knowledge needed to help your child make an informed decision about what to do next.

Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming a popular choice as an alternative to traditional academic routes for young people looking to get onto the career ladder.

Fully supported

Throughout their apprenticeship, your child will be fully-supported by the Vision Apprentices team. The team will ensure that your child is matched with the right placement to suit their career goals, and will help with CV writing and interview preparation.

Progression routes

More and more employers are seeing the value in apprenticeships, and they are available across many different sectors. There are excellent progression routes available to apprentices. Your child might get a permanent job with the company they are employed with, or choose to go onto Further or Higher Education.


As an apprentice, your child will earn a wage, set by their new employer. Rates vary based on the level of apprenticeship they’re studying, the industry they are in, the company they work for and the type of work they will be doing.

Apprentice wages are monitored like all other employees. There is a national minimum wage for apprentices set each year by the government. For more information visit

They will also be entitled to employee benefits including paid holidays.

Safety in the workplace

We take the safety of our apprentices very seriously. We work with employers to ensure that they comply with health and safety legislation and are aware of what to do should your child have any concerns about being bullied, hurt, exploited or whether they are at risk of radicalisation. You child’s assessor will be their main point of contact should they have any concerns at all about their safeguarding.

School leaving age

With the recent change in legislation meaning all young people now need to stay in education or training until they are 18-years-old, it is important for your child to know their options.

If your child was born on or after 1 September 1997 they must stay in some form of education or training until at least their 18th birthday although this does not necessarily mean staying in school.

Your child can study full-time in schools, college or with a training provider, undertake an apprenticeship, or enter part-time education or training alongside a full-time job or volunteer role.

Information for schools

Do the students at your school or college understand how apprenticeships work?

As a school you’ll be focused on ensuring your students achieve the best grades possible and preparing them for the future.

But what does that future look like? What will they go on to do? How can you make sure they’re aware of all the options available to them?

It's up to your students what they do with their future and where they go, but that doesn't mean you can't help guide them.

The government has realised the importance of apprenticeships, and has begun to place more focus on finding apprentices and placements in reputable companies, to ensure young people gain the skills they need to succeed.

With increasing fees, university is becoming a luxury that not everyone can afford, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve an education.

Here are just a few ways Vision Apprentices can work with you and your school:

If you have any other questions or need help with something else, then you can email our dedicated team: or call Freephone 0800 1218317