Parents & Guardians

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is defined as a full time job with training, but a digital apprenticeship with Baltic Training is so much more than that! Your child will gain industry-specific qualifications, while practising what they learn in a working environment.

This combination of education and experience is invaluable, not just for employment prospects, but for developing your child’s social skills and confidence in the workplace.

Find our parents’ guide to apprenticeships below.

Benefits of an IT Apprenticeship:

It’s not free, it’s better than that – the training your child will get through an apprenticeship costs upwards of £15,000, but they won’t pay a penny; they’ll be receiving an hourly wage for it.

Compared to a university degree, which costs the average student £27,000, plus a maintenance loan of typically £3,500 per year, the sum total could leave your child in debt by at least £37,500.

In contrast, by the time the same three years have passed for an apprentice, they could have their career underway and developing an expertise in their chosen field.

Apprenticeships in the UK are rapidly approaching the same level of prestige as other forms of further academic education. In many other European countries, such as Germany, Apprenticeships are pursued by over 40% of school leavers, with an extensive dual-system in place, helping Germany to maintain one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe at 4.2%.

The IT and Technology sector in the UK is currently battling a skills shortage, as insufficient numbers of young people are pursuing the path necessary to fill the positions in this rapidly expanding and dynamic industry.

This has led to employers offering some of the most attractive starting salaries for young people entering into the IT sector, with strong employment prospects and careers that can offer a clear progression.

All things considered, there’s never been a better time to pursue an IT apprenticeship.

Making a Decision:

As a parent, informing your child so that they can make the best decision on their future is not always an easy feat, with conflicting information everywhere you look. If your child is considering an apprenticeship, or you think it is an option they should explore more, you’re already on the right track.

Thousands of young people have launched their careers with Baltic, read their case studies here! Our customers, and ensuring we deliver the best possible service is at the very heart of our business. If you have any queries, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to help. Doing an apprenticeship through Baltic Training also entitles your child to some advantages that they won’t get through other training providers – see our rewards and perks page for details.

To see more information our various digital apprenticeship programs, see our list of our current vacancies.

FAQs

What’s the hourly rate?

Apprentices are paid a minimum of £3.50 as of April 2017

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Depending on the course, from 12 months to 5 years, with the average for most being 1 year.

Will there be a job at the end of it?

95% of our apprentices progress into full time employment upon completion of their programme.

See our FAQs for apprentices for more information.

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