Parents Guide to Apprenticeships

Parents Guide to Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

Essentially, an apprenticeship is a full-time job with added training and assessment. This means your child would be getting on-the-job experience while earning a wage and gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

An apprenticeship will teach your child the theoretical aspect of the industry they’re working in. This is in addition to the practical experience you can only gain from working within that industry. Allowing them to implement their newfound knowledge and skills straight into the workplace.

Personal Tutors are also assigned to your child to ensure they have all the support they need to achieve their goals during the entirety of their apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for an Apprenticeship can depend on the sector or job your child is interested in. Typically, apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, currently living in England.

Recent legislation has altered the minimum Maths and English requirement for anyone with learning difficulties or disabilities. Meaning you are supported regardless by Protocol and the wide range of businesses we work with.

Apprenticeship Courses

At PCS, we offer a wide range of fully-funded apprenticeships that allow learners to improve their skills in any given field and make them invaluable to any business. Our current selection of apprenticeship courses are:

While these are the apprenticeship courses that we currently operate, we have also arranged for placements in hospitality. If there is something your child is interested in, simply ask, and we may be able to help.

What do the different levels mean?

L2 – Intermediate – 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C

L3 – Advanced – 2 A-Level passes at grade A*-C

L4-7 – Higher – Foundation Degree & above

L6-7 – Degree – Bachelor or Masters Degree

If your child doesn’t have enough GCSEs, they can still apply for a level 2 intermediate course. Functional skills training is part of the Apprenticeship, so they will be able to achieve those qualifications in addition to everything else.


The term fully funded means that everything is paid for, so you will not be required to pay any fees. All our apprenticeship courses are fully funded by the government, allowing us to provide a professional, supportive, and friendly service without any financial risk.

apprenticeships vs university

There are many reasons for people to choose the University pathway. The most important is that it allows people to improve knowledge and skills within their chosen field. Moreover, it provides young people with the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills, like confidence, as they are away from home for the first time.

However, having a degree isn’t as effective as it used to be without the work experience that should accompany it. More and more people are leaving University and realising while they were getting a degree, others have been getting on-the-job experience. Making them more appealing to potential employers.

This is why apprenticeships are arguably more effective. They will provide your child with the opportunity to develop new and existing skills. Which will aid them both personally and professionally, grant them a nationally recognised qualification, and provide the work experience to match.

How much Would my Child be Paid as an apprentice?

From April 2024, the minimum wage for an apprentice will be £6.40 an hour, as set by the Government, and increases yearly. The minimum wage only applies if you are under 19 or in the first year of an Apprenticeship. This means that once the first year has finished, learners are paid the minimum wage for their age group, and if they choose to do another apprenticeship, they won’t be required to return to the Apprenticeship wage.

would my child be entitled to holiday pay?

Of course. Even if your child is an apprentice, they are entitled to the same conditions as other employees within the business. This being that holiday is accrued over time and typically resets in January. Apprentices are also entitled to sick pay and any other benefits the employer offers to the rest of their workforce, although this varies from business to business. 

Average Working Hours?

Typically, a full-time apprentice will work between 30 to 40 hours a week depending on the requirements of their role within a business. Government regulations are currently in effect to protect young workers from overworking. Which also applies to apprentices. These include:

  • Apprentices can not be asked to work more than 40 hours in any given week.
  • Each working day must not last more than 8 hours.
  • Lunch breaks are allocated, ranging from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how many hours the learner works each day.
  • The employer must give the learner at least 12 hours off between each shift.
  • And at least 24 hours clear from working each week.

How will training be provided?

Our dedicated staff have many years of experience in their respective fields and have achieved all the qualifications they teach and assess. Our fully qualified educators will deliver high-quality face-to-face training to improve job-specific skills and tailored to a specific business’s needs.

Through on and off-site training provided by PCS and the chosen business, learners work to develop the specific skills needed for success. This includes functional skills in Maths, English, and I.T. On-site resources will also be available to assist learners during their apprenticeship course. Online resources are also provided through Moodle & Mahara to help bring the subject to life.

What if my child changes their mind?

Your child can choose to change their mind about an apprenticeship. 1-2-1 meetings will be scheduled throughout to ask your child how they are getting on with the course. If there is anything they are struggling with or if they have decided to go another way, they can let us know. Your child will be expected to work their notice period, just like any other job, and would then be able to go on to study or seek employment elsewhere, with support provided by us every step of the way.

What if my child has a problem at work?

At Protocol, we stress the importance of safeguarding, and all of our staff adhere to the Safeguarding Policies. If your child has any problems at work, they can speak to us at any time, and we will step in. The needs of our learners are of utmost priority so support will be available throughout the entirety of their Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

Is my child guaranteed a job at the end?

If your child has performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep them on as a full-time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, but it is not guaranteed.

How to apply for an apprenticeship Through
Protocol Consultancy Services

To apply, your child will need to head over to our vacancies page by Clicking Here, where they’ll find a list of our current apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies.

Alternatively, they can call us on 0121 236 2634, email at

If you or your child are interested in an apprenticeship, please feel free to give us a call on 0121 236 2634 or email at, where you can speak directly to a qualified member of staff.