Parents and carers

If your child is leaving school or college, having completed their GCSEs or A levels, and they are unsure about their next move, perhaps they’d like to consider a Camden apprenticeship? 

An apprenticeship can be a great introduction to working life and lead directly into a career. As an alternative to university your child would earn whilst they learn, and avoid student debt and tuition fees. 

While many apprentices move into permanent employment when they complete their training, doing an apprenticeship doesn’t stop your child from going on to university. Money earned whilst completing their apprenticeship can be used to help cover tuition fees should they choose to continue their education.

Camden Apprenticeships have vacancies for ages 16+ all year round. Vacancies cover a wide range of sectors including business administration, IT, creative and digital media and marketing. Most of our employers are based in Camden, and some of our apprenticeships are within Camden Council.

Apprenticeship myth busters

Myth # 1 Apprenticeships are only suitable for those looking to learn a trade

False: There are hundreds of different apprenticeship qualifications to choose from with more being added all of the time. 

We have placed apprentices in a wide variety of sectors and businesses including heritage venues, creative and digital media, hospitality, catering, customer service, sales, childcare, mechanics, business administration and engineering.

Myth # 2 Apprenticeships are best suited to non-academic young people

False: Apprentices achieve nationally recognised qualifications which can help them reach their future goals of either a good job or further study. Advanced Apprenticeships can be used as UCAS points for Foundation Degrees and Higher Education.

In addition, Higher Apprenticeships are now available in some subject areas including Engineering, Nursing, Surveying, Business Administration and Management, enabling young people to achieve the equivalent to a foundation degree right up to a Masters via the apprenticeship route. More Higher Apprenticeships are being developed all the time.

Apprenticeship qualifications are created by employers for employers, so the qualification is an excellent stepping stone into different industries.  In fact, some practical apprenticeships such as construction and mechanics have really strict entry criteria as young people need to prove they have basic skills in maths and science.

Camden Apprenticeships recruit based on attitude and aptitude. We spot potential in our candidates, not just GCSE results.

Myth # 3  Apprentices are used as ‘cheap labour’ with few opportunities to progress.

False:  Camden has placed apprentices in national organisations as well as small and medium sized employers who are keen to support local young people get a foot in the door.

An apprenticeship is an entry level role where young people can gain experience, an employment reference and a nationally recognised qualification. Whatever the salary, it is an excellent start to a career and a great opportunity.

 You can find details of the minimum apprenticeship wage via this link. However, many employers pay a higher salary than the apprenticeship minimum. This means young people are earning and learning at the same time and can start to become more financially independent. Camden Apprenticeships encourage all our employers to pay a fair salary. We do not promote roles if the employer is paying the apprenticeship minimum wage as we believe this is too low. 

Myth # 4 You can’t go to university if you do an apprenticeship and not A-Levels

False: Tamanna Begum, previously an Advanced Apprentice in our Business Initiatives team, is at now a student at Greenwich University.

She says, “I did a Young Apprenticeship when I was studying for my GCSE’s. It was equivalent to 5 GCSE A - C grades, and with that I got into A-Level Business studies. This inspired me to do another apprenticeship which I knew would give me the opportunity to learn whilst broadening my experience of work.  

That’s also the reason I decided not to go back to sixth form and carry on with A-Levels, and why I decided not to apply for universities right away. Now I have more experience, UCAS points and some of my wages saved up, I am excited about starting university as I know exactly where I want my studies to lead". 

Myth # 5 There is already enormous competition for jobs. Young people are at a disadvantage.

True and false: Like all employment and education opportunities, there is no doubt that there’s competition for apprenticeships. However, Camden Apprenticeships offer application and interview support to people interested in taking up an apprenticeship. 

This gives applicants an extra boost to help getting to interview stage and gaining employment. We also have vacancies that are exclusive to Camden residents or those who attended a Camden Secondary School. This means recruitment takes place on a much smaller scale and candidates have a higher chance of success. Camden apprentices are employed based on aptitude and attitude, so if they work hard and show reliability and enthusiasm for the roles then they stand as good a chance of selection as anyone else.

For more information for parents on apprenticeships, please see Get In Go Far

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