Apprenticeships- advice for parents

Apprenticeships can be a great option for young people who want to get into the world of work. Unlike more conventional choices, like university, they will get skills, experience and qualifications on the job. As a parent, carer or advisor, you want your child to have the best possible start in their career. With that in mind, it’s important to know the options available to young people in Brighton & Hove.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship could give your child the opportunity to earn whilst they learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification. An Apprenticeship is a career, not just a job. Apprenticeships are for those aged 16 or over who are not in full time education and can last anywhere between one and five years.

Isn’t college or university a better option?

Apprenticeships allow your child to earn while they learn, and give them the opportunity to develop the skills employers really want, including specific skills relating to the job, the company and the sector.

How do I know if my child is eligible?

If your child is aged 16 or over and not in full time education, then they are eligible to start an Apprenticeship. They must also have the right to work in UK.

Is the role permanent?

There is no guarantee of a job at the end of an Apprenticeship but it has been widely shown to be a highly effective means of entering a profession. Training an apprentice involves a lot of work for the company in question. They are unlikely to carry out this work unless they are keen to take someone on at the end of it. Similarly, you should remember that Apprenticeships provide employers with the opportunity to build a workforce with the specific skills that they require.

Apprenticeship vacancies at Brighton & Hove City Council

Our latest Apprenticeship opportunities

Parent's Pack - Apprenticeship Information

The apprenticeship system has been transformed in recent years to offer the most exciting range of apprenticeship opportunities. The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) want to support all parents to feel confident in understanding the range of opportunities available, where to find more information and what the next steps should be.

Below you will find the monthly edition information packs for parents. All  previous editions are available online by visiting

Parent - Pack - October - 2019 (PDF 1678KB)

Parent - Pack - September - 2019 (PDF 1547KB)

Parent - Pack - August - 2019 (PDF 2338KB)

Parent - Pack - July - 2019 (PDF 2030KB)

Parent - Pack - June - 2019 (PDF 1550KB)

Parent - Pack - May - 2019 (PDF 1792KB)

Parent - Pack - April - 2019 (PDF 1825KB)

Parent - Pack - March - 2019 (PDF 2176KB)

Parent - Pack - February - 2019 (PDF 2859KB)

Parent - Pack - January - 2019 (PDF 1650KB)

For more information please see the below.

For information such as pay and the different levels of apprenticeships please visit our about apprentices page.

Have a look at our video for parents.

Apprenticeship Parent Guide - English

Apprenticeship Parent Guide - Polish

Apprenticeship Parent Guide - Punjabi