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As a parent you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. There are many options available to young people after they leave school. Apprenticeships are a more viable and successful route than ever.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training, which would allow your daughter or son to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, digital marketing to pharmacy. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond.

Benefits of Apprenticeships

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
  • Increased future earning potential – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday.

Government Backing

In 2015, the Government made a commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020. This was followed by the introduction of an apprenticeship levy that requires all employers over a certain size (£3m payroll) to spend a percentage of their payroll on apprenticeships. As a result of these initiatives, apprenticeships are in the ascendency across the country with more and more seeing the advantages they bring over the more traditional university or college routes.

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.

Apprenticeship Levels

There are various levels of apprenticeship your son or daughter could apply for depending on their current skills and qualifications.

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree


All apprenticeships will include elements of on the job and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications.

School Leaving Age

The government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training. 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.

This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:

  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider
  • Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training.

At City Training Services – Bradford College’s apprenticeship provider, we work with all of our young people on an individual basis in order to understand their unique skills, interests and aspirations. This personalised service ensures we find the right apprenticeship and the right employer for each and every apprentice.

We offer employability sessions and workshops to all learners covering career essential skills such as CV building and interview techniques. We also provide a range of resources in our Apprentice Zone, which offer information, advice and guidance on a range of issues including finance, personal safety, health and transport.

We believe as a company, we are only as good as our apprentices therefore we put our all into developing our young people into well educated, well skilled and well experienced apprentices.

Any further questions?

We’re happy to help! Give us a call on 01274 728316, or send an email to

01274 728316

City Training Services, 39/41 Chapel Street, Little Germany, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5BY
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