#NAW21 Top Tips to Help Your Child Find an Apprenticeship
An apprenticeship is a top option for your child as they think about what to do next after their GCSEs or A Levels. It’s the only route that enables them to earn while they learn, get invaluable on-the-job-experience, and gain a nationally-recognised qualification.
The world of apprenticeships is thriving, particularly in Gloucestershire. With so much information on offer it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we've listed below our top tips to help your child find an apprenticeship.
1. Think about the future
We understand that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the plans and hopes of many. However, it is more important than ever to now sit down with your child and talk about what they want to do in the future. Which subjects do they enjoy most? What are their interests and career goals? This will help them have a clearer idea of what job role and apprenticeship or traineeship they may wish to look for.
2. Encourage them to persevere
Gloucestershire College has lots of vacancies available now! Encourage your child to keep trying, even if they are not successful straight away. Remember that traineeships provide an important stepping stone into an apprenticeship, so it may be worth considering this if you cannot find the role for them right now.
3. Help them to stay connected
Help your child think about the different ways they can find an apprenticeship. They will need to use technology to sign up for vacancy alerts or follow companies on social media to find opportunities. They could even contact a company they would love to work for directly and ask them about opportunities for a traineeship or apprenticeship.
4. Virtual events
There are events throughout the year at which you can virtually meet employers, apprentices and experts to discuss the range of apprenticeship options. Keep an eye out on the Gloucestershire College events page for the latest updates.
5. Create your own calendar
Allocate time to search for the right opportunity for your child. Set aside time for application/interview prep, as well as time to attend virtual employers and careers days. This will help your child stay on top of their application and set them on the path for success.
6. Virtual work experience
Work experience is a great way to gain valuable skills and experience, and employers are increasingly offering virtual opportunities. It is completed online and there are many creative ways employers have developed to help introduce your child to their organisation. It’s especially ideal if your child is unsure of what career route/job they may want to pursue, and will enrich their CV too!
7. Keep options open
It is important to look at all of the post-16 and post-18 options available, including apprenticeships, traineeships, T Levels, BTECs and more traditional routes. Our Student Services and Apprenticeship Teams are here to help and offer guidance so you and your child make the right choice for them.