Information for parents, carers and educators

We know that as a parent, you want your son or daughter to have the best possible start in their career. We know that helping them make education and career choices is very important. For this reason, in this page, you will find information that will guide you in supporting your son or daughter to make the right decision. If they are still at school, you will know that the government is committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships available to school leavers.

The University of Oxford is committed to this objective as a beneficial next step for young people in the Oxford area. An apprenticeship is a real job with a constructive and rewarding learning programme that provides an excellent way to obtain skills and experience and to build a solid foundation for your child's future career.

 

Three of the main reasons why Apprenticeships are a great way for your son or daughter to start a career:

  • They earn while they learn: Apprentices earn a wage whilst they work towards a qualification and gain work experience.
  • There are many choices available: Apprenticeships are available in a large number of job roles and because they now also offer the possibility of attaining the equivalent of a university qualification, roles are opening up in a number of professions, as well as in technical roles.
  • Achieve an accredited qualification: The Government funds 100% of apprenticeships for 16-18 year olds apprenticeships which lead to a recognised qualification.

For young people who are not yet eligible for an apprenticeship, some training providers also offer traineeships. Did you know that 49% of employers would consider creating a new role for a young person who impressed them during work experience? Encouraging your son or daughter to do a traineeship could therefore open up professional avenues for him or her. The National Apprenticeship Service and UCAS offer more information about traineeships here and here.

If you need further information, the National Apprenticeship Service also has A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships and UCAS provides tips regarding Apprenticeships.

If you are an educator or adviser to a young person, the National Apprenticeship Service also provides Resources for Teachers and Advisers and a Teachers' Handbook and Study Material.