The importance of your role
As a parent, carer or guardian, helping young people decide on their future can be a bit of a challenge.
Many young people will decide which career path they want to follow while they are still at school. However, it is all too common that they change their minds after completing one or two years of training.
Many students enter college or training unclear about the opportunities available to them after they complete their course. Others may choose a course based on what their friends are doing. They have a much better chance of a successful career if they understand the implications of the path they choose through further education, employment, training or an apprenticeship.
Therefore, it is essential that you have access to the right information to help your child with the important decisions they will soon have to make. One of the most useful things you can do is discuss the various career options available together, helping them explore their interests, passions and ambitions.
The Careers Guide for Parents, Carers and Young People provides you with informed and impartial careers advice on progression route options post 16 & 18 years. The information will help you understand the education and employment options, so you can help prepare your child to make the correct career choice.
Apprenticeship and Traineeships
Apprenticeships are a great option for young people who want to get into the world of work. Your child will develop skills, gain experience and qualifications on the job whilst working for a real employer and earning a real salary.
Apprenticeships can also offer the opportunity of gaining a degree such as a BA, BSc or MSc, depending on the apprenticeship your child is completing. Your child can start their career gaining the kind of skills and experience that employers are looking for and they’ll be earning while they’re learning.
You can find out more about apprentices and download our apprenticeship resources by clicking here.
Traineeships prepare young people for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. They provide essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to compete successfully for jobs, including Apprenticeships, or to progress to further learning.