Parents
and Carers

Parents and Carers

Training staff and employing apprentices

Did you know that the government has increased the age that all young people in England must continue in education? It’s now at least until they’re 18 years of age. So if your son or daughter is finishing year 11, he or she will be facing a lot of choices very soon.

The most common route is to stay in school when students turn 16 and do A’ levels’ for 2 years. However, this isn’t right for everyone. The great news is that there’s a substitute choice about how they carry on their education or training. We offer vocational learning and strongly believe it’s a really effective option for them to think about – especially if they want to leave academic study behind.

Starting an apprenticeship with us gives them hands on experience combined with some study and a nationally recognised qualification. A great start to a happy working life.

Once your teenager reaches 18 years old, they may face the possibility of applying to universities or switch to looking on the job boards. Once again, an apprenticeship course is another route to strongly consider

What exactly is a DTS apprenticeship?

In a nutshell, an apprenticeship is a full-time job, with built-in bespoke training which ends in getting a nationally recognised qualification. It will allow them to learn a trade, experience the world of work and continue in education, all while they’re putting some cash in their pocket. Perfect if the thought of staying at school or college is daunting for your son or daughter, especially if they aren’t that academically inclined.

We manage the training to guarantee that apprentices are learning the required skills and meeting the national standards. Support and guidance is given every step on a young apprentice’s journey.

What are the qualification equivalents?

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship – 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced Apprenticeship – 2 A level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeship – can lead to NVQ level 4 and above or a foundation degree.

Young people will learn on the job, receive invaluable experience and work towards an industry-recognised qualification, all whilst getting paid. Dimensions Training Solutions Benefits include:

  • A team of well qualified Trainers/Assessors
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Increased future earning potential
  • Earning a salary
  • Paid holiday

We also have a team of English and maths tutors at DTS who are available to help learners who need help with their English and maths qualifications.

Many employers these days prefer to take on young qualified apprentices rather than graduates because they possess an essential ingredient – practical work experience. They’ve added training in a real workplace environment to their knowledge and understanding of an industry.

Keep in mind that there are certain careers only reachable with a degree. If you’re keen to be a doctor, there’s regrettably no apprenticeship for that.

There aren’t any. None! The government fully funds 16-18 year olds training and there’s also limited funding available for 19 year olds and above. There are no costs to apprentices themselves. They’ll earn a salary with us and get paid holidays. The current minimum rate is £3.30 per hour. Employers can pay more and many often do - it varies on the level of apprenticeship, region and the industry.

Just compare this to an average £30,000 debt that university graduates get landed with. Not only that... On average, apprentice graduates start on a higher salary and will earn £100,000 more than university graduates over the course of their working life.

So if you have any questions simply give us a call on 01142 993 445 and we will be happy to help.

We have outstanding experience in matching apprentices to suitable employers and delivering the required training, support and encouragement to help them complete their apprenticeship and continue in their chosen career.

Just want to talk to someone about Apprenticeships?

If you have any questions then please feel free to get in touch with us on 01142 993 445 (Lines open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) or use the Form below.