Many parents think the only way you’ll get a job is with a degree. They think apprenticeships are a kind of second-best option, rather than an alternative route for learning and a career head-start.
What your parents really need to know is that an apprenticeship is a proper, paid job. In fact, figures show an apprenticeship can boost your lifetime earnings by a whopping £150,000. That’s not bad at all.
“After having done bit of research on apprenticeships, my parents were really supportive. Knowing my learning style, they could see it was better suited for me. Now, they say that my confidence has really grown from being in the working environment.”
Kathryn joined us on the Infrastructure Apprenticeship Scheme in 2017 and is now developing her skills on Networks and Infrastructure projects with an international telecom’s client. Read more from Kathryn here.
Latest stats show 90% of apprentices remain employed long after their scheme ends. Something that’s not necessarily guaranteed for graduates. And they can directly lead on to many different careers in a huge range of industries. You get the opportunity not only to learn, but to develop vital skills and experience putting it into practice.
So, at the end of the day, you’re gaining a nationally recognised qualification while earning on the job – and it all comes debt-free.
It can be quite frightening jumping into a job straight after school. Many people get put off when they don’t find support or enthusiasm from their parents or guardians. The truth is, focusing only on further academic education simply isn’t for everybody. Some of us need a more hands-on approach to learning, and apprenticeships offer just that.
Parents are often surprised at the high standards of structured training apprentices receive and love the idea that you’re getting exposure to and knowledge of the working world.
But apprenticeships can also give you a strong sense of direction. An idea of where your career could go, and what you could do next. Lots of parents experience frustration when students graduate after several years of expensive study with no idea where they’re heading.
“My family didn’t expect me to be this young and get the experience I’ve had. The fact that I’m now an ambassador for apprenticeships makes them really proud.”
Shajida, joined our apprenticeship scheme in 2014 and is now an Application Development Analyst specialising in DevOps. She has been continuously recognised for her work in helping to promote opportunities for young people and last year was awarded ‘Outstanding Higher/Degree Apprentice Award’ at the Rate My Apprenticeship Awards, followed by the ‘Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices’ from the IET (Institution of Engineering & Technology) and more recently the ‘Rising Star Award’ from Movement To Work.
Unfortunately, nearly two-thirds of parents still don’t understand apprenticeships well enough, and 81% don’t realise that higher apprenticeships are equivalent to foundation degrees and, sometimes, even bachelor’s degrees.
So, if you feel like an apprenticeship is right for you, get your parents on board. They might not know a whole lot, so do your research and be prepared. You may have to do a bit of educating, but it won’t be hard finding reasons for them to get excited. And talk to your teachers too. That’s what they’re there for!
Why not take the first step and find out more about our degree apprenticeship schemes – we think you and your parents will be impressed!