Apprenticeships or A Levels: What’s Right for My Child?

When the time comes for your child to choose between continuing with full-time education or taking on an apprenticeship, parents will need to do plenty of research so that they are prepared to support their teen as best they can. Here’s some advice and information from a private prep school in Surrey.

Firstly, it’s worth noting that apprenticeships won’t rule out your child’s chances of going to university and they’re not just for students who don’t “have the grades” for a traditional education, as falsely believed. Some apprenticeships are extremely challenging with rigorous application processes. They are a genuine alternative to a levels and can help give young people on the job training that will help them when they go into full-time employment.

Apprenticeships allow young people to work full-time whilst working towards a particular qualification. There is often a salary involved and lots of other perks. The right decision will eventually come down to your child’s aspirations. Many careers are only accessible via a traditional education and university degree. For instance, if your child dreams of becoming a doctor, an apprenticeship is not an option for them. On the other hand, if your child is interested in accountancy then they could look into some school leaver programmes to find the right role.

If your son or daughter has no idea what career they’d like to enter when leaving school, then a varied choice in a levels are probably a better option. Both a levels and apprenticeships are great for helping students become more independent and hardworking.

Don’t be afraid to consult your child’s teachers for more information and support. They know what your child is capable of and will be able to give you some helpful advice. Try not to put too much pressure on your child and let them make their own decisions when it comes to their education and their future.

*this is a collaborative post

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