A parent’s guide to childcare apprenticeships

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As a parent, you want to make sure your child gets the best possible start in life. You want them to have a career where they are happy and fulfilled, earning a regular wage, and with options to progress in the future.  We have put together this mini guide to help you understand the key benefits of doing a childcare apprenticeship.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship combines training with work. This would allow your son or daughter to earn a wage, whilst also gaining a nationally recognised qualification which will help them in the future.  Apprenticeships usually take between one and five years to complete.

How will it benefit my child?

  • Earning a regular income
  • Gaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • Learning the skills employers want
  • Excellent future progression opportunities
  • Increased earning potential when they complete different stages of their training
  • Learning at a pace suited to your son or daughter
  • Support from experienced staff and mentors
  • Fully funded training by the government for 16-18 year olds

What are the entry requirements?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the type of childcare apprenticeship, but there is an expectation that your son or daughter will gain Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT whilst studying for their apprenticeship. For an advanced childcare apprenticeship, your son or daughter will be expected to gain A-C GCSE’s in English and Maths by the time they have finished their training.

What options will my child have to progress?

In childcare, apprentices typically start on an intermediate course (Level 2) and then go on to complete an advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) with the option to progress to Level 4 or higher. We also offer Team Leading, Business Administration and Business Management apprenticeships.

How much will they be paid?

The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.73 per hour (rising to £3.30 per hour in October 2015), but many nurseries choose to pay their apprentices more than this. Your child will also get paid holiday like a normal employee and will still be paid whilst they’re training.

How soon can my son/daughter start?

If your child is currently in school, they will need to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. However, apprenticeships still count as being in education because your son or daughter will be doing training alongside their job. This means that they can actually leave school from the age of 16 to start their apprenticeship.

Where can I look for apprenticeship vacancies?

We have a dedicated job board which is regularly updated with vacancies for childcare apprentices. Just visit http://jobs.parenta.com/ and browse the listings in your area for free.

How can I help my son/daughter apply for a childcare apprenticeship?

If your son or daughter is aged 16-18 and looking to work in childcare, send in their CV to contact@parenta.com. As a training provider, we have a lot of contact with childcare settings so are in a great position to match your child with an employer. Even if there are no suitable vacancies at the moment, we can still give you advice on how best to help your child.

If you have any questions or we can help you further, please call us on 0800 002 9242.

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