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Help & Guidance - 07 06 2022

Parents and Schools Guide to Apprenticeships

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Who are Babington?

We are a national training provider with a core focus on professional services including accountancy, financial services, leadership and management, project management, sales and marketing, property services and business administration. 

As an OFSTED Grade 2 training provider we continually strive to provide our learners with a positive and productive learning experience. We work with over 3,000 employers and take a proactive approach to supporting training requirements. 

We work with learners at all points along their career path, delivering: 

 

Traineeships: 

Designed to help young people (16-24) develop the skills needed to succeed in the workplace. 

Free Online Learning Programmes: 

These provide specific routeways into employment for learners aged 19+ by offering short, focused pre-employment training linked to vocational skills. 

Apprenticeships: 

Offering real industry experience alongside nationally recognised qualifications to kick-start successful careers. 

 

Whatever your children/students need to become successful in employment, Babington has a range of training solutions and delivery methods to help them make that first step. 

Meet the Team

Babington’s Candidate Engagement Resourcers work across the UK and are here to support apprentices onto the right apprenticeship, from the initial stages of viewing applications to explaining next steps when successful. 

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance session 

We will arrange a guidance session with apprentices that will be conducted by phone or in one of our centres. The CER’s will find out more about the apprentice’s interests, skills and previous experience so that they can advise them on the right apprenticeship. 

 

CV Writing Support 

CER’s help apprentices with their CV to make sure that it reflects what they are applying for and that it is suitable to send onto employers. If they have a CV already, we will provide any suggestions to ensure it receives the attention and recognition it deserves. 

 

Interview Preparation 

CER’s support apprentices throughout the interview process, providing them with guidance before the interview itself and helping them to gain v aluable feedback! 

 

Top 10 Companies Task 

This is an oppor tunity for apprentices to research employers in their local area and identify businesses that suit them. CER’s then support apprentices to speculatively send their CV out to those companies and identif y any possible opportunities. 

 

Portfolio of achievements 

The CER team may ask apprentices to create a portfolio to showcase their previous projects, important work and key achievements. 

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships offer real hands-on experience whilst recognising new skills and knowledge with qualifications, helping young people to kick start fulfilling careers. 

Apprenticeships are structured around the standards that employers expect all employees to achieve. These contain the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected by employers for working in particular job roles and industries. Some of our apprenticeship standards also include nationally and industry recognised qualifications. 

To qualify for an apprenticeship, the apprentice must be working at least 30 hours a week, however 

part-time apprenticeships can be agreed based on a minimum of 16 hours per week. 

The apprentice’s employer will give them a work-based experience within the industry they have chosen, and will support them to become a competent employee. Babington will support both the apprentice and their employer in gaining the knowledge required, with a dedicated Babington mentor supporting them regularly at work. 

Babington apprentices are required to attend mixed workshop sessions with other learners, enabling them to expand their knowledge and share their own experiences within their chosen area. 

Our advanced virtual learning environment also guides apprentices through their qualification. With forums, in-depth resources, interactive activities, practice assessments, and more, our blended-learning apprenticeships harness the latest learning technology.

Apprenticeship Benefits

Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the real-world experience they need to get the edge in the job market, gaining essential experience and a recognised qualification. 

 

Earn a wage: 

Apprentices will have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff. 

Apprentices also receive the same benefits as other employees, such as holiday entitlement and pension contributions. 

 

No debt: 

Those who embark on an apprenticeship won’t be weighed down by tuition fees or debt by the time they finish. In fact, their employer will be paying them to gain a qualification instead. 

There are also many degree level apprenticeships available, so apprentices can still gain a degree even if they don’t go to university. 

 

Relevant, real-world experiences: 

Apprentices will gain first-hand experience in their chosen profession and industry. They will have regular reviews with their dedicated tutor to ensure that they are well supported and that they are progressing at the right pace. 

 

Dedicated tutor support: 

We ensure that all Babington apprentices receive the support and guidance they need to pass their apprenticeship and gain the skills the y require to succeed in their role. 

Apprentices get a dedicated, expert tutor who will check-in to see how they’re getting on as well as help solve any issues they may have. 

 

Strengthening CV’s: 

When it comes to building transferable skills to attract employers, an apprenticeship is an excellent choice. 

More than 90% of apprentices said that their career prospects had improved, and this is no fluke. With an apprenticeship, students will have gained at least a year in the industry, picking up practical working knowledge and skills that will be attractive to any employer. 

Some young adults think that if they took an apprenticeship, they will be stuck in industry for life. But with an apprenticeship, they will pick up skills that will be useful and adaptable to any industry, a key reason why employers are keen on hiring apprentices. 

 

Progress within a business: 

If an apprentice impresses during their training, they could also gain a full-time position with the company. To have a foot in the industry at such an early stage in their career is hugely beneficial. 

 

Gain a nationally-recognised qualification: 

Along with comprehensive training, apprentices will also gain a work-based qualification with an accredited awarding body. 

With a wider range of apprenticeships than ever before, there’s something to suit everyone’s career aspirations.

Employability Skills - Free Online Courses

Babington have a large range of short, online training programmes available for individuals aged 19+, that have been designed to boost skills in the areas that employers look for. 

These highly popular courses are fully available online where learners will be guided by one of our specialist trainers, resulting in them achieving a nationally recognised qualification. 

All of these courses are completed via our online learning platform, BabingtonOnline and are supported with interactive resources and webinars to cover the key topics where learners can interact with a tutor and peers. 

We will do a full diagnostic assessment with y our child to give a comprehensive picture of gaps in learning and then create an individualised learning plan to meet their specific needs, concentrating on the skills they wish to develop. 

Career Preparation Sessions:

Babington also run employability sessions to help young people prepare for the transition from education to work, supporting them to progress onto an apprenticeship. 

  • Searching for a job 
  • How to write a great CV 
  • Interview techniques 
  • What is a traineeship? 
  • What is an apprenticeship? 
  • Q&A’s 

FAQ's from Parents

What qualifications can my child gain? 

Apprenticeships can offer your child a wealth of different qualifications and training, from accounting to project management. 

Apprenticeships offer nationally recognised qualifications with accredited awarding bodies such as AAT, or CMI. 

A Level 2 apprenticeship is the equivalent of five GCSEs, and a Level 3 apprenticeship is the equivalent to two A-Levels, whereas a Level 4 (higher) qualification will be the equivalent of a foundation degree. 

Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships usually last around 12 months, but may last longer depending on the employer and the level of qualification they will be working towards. Higher-level apprenticeships can last anywhere from three to four years. 

Where an apprentice hasn’t quite reached Level 2 in English and Maths, we will offer extra support to get them at the required level to pass their apprenticeship. 

Will my child get a job at the end of their apprenticeship? 

Whilst there is no guarantee of a job after an apprenticeship, the figures are extremely encouraging. 90% of apprentices stay in employment, while 71% stay in full time employment with the same company they apprenticed with. 

Apprenticeships provide excellent career progression opportunities. Those who start on Level 2 programmes often progress onto Level 3, and afterwards Level 4 apprenticeships, typically with the same employer. This means your child could start on the apprenticeship route as a school leaver, and within a few years come out as a highly qualified and experienced professional. 

Gaining relevant skills, experience, qualifications and business etiquette in an industry setting is a great way to impress future employers.

Will my child be supported during their apprenticeship? 

We take your child’s safety at work extremely seriously. Employers are carefully vetted and health and safety checked before an apprentice starts their apprenticeship. 

Our apprentices are assigned a tutor who will assess and support them during their apprenticeship. Our dedicated Safeguarding team are there to help with any workplace issues to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child. 

How much will my child be paid for doing an apprenticeship? 

An apprentice is paid a wage, so they don’t have to worry about paying back any tuition fees or student loans. The National Minimum Wage for apprentices between 16-19 (or anyone in their first year of an apprenticeship) is £3.70 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the standard National Minimum Wage for their age. 

Level 2 apprenticeships often pay between £120 and £130 per week, but many employers choose to pay more than this. Level 3 and 4 apprenticeships usually pay more, and employers often increase wages in line with skills and experience. 

How does my child apply for an apprenticeship? 

We don’t have term times and we enrol all year round. So as long as y our son or daughter is aged 16 or over, they can apply for an apprenticeship vacancy. 

Our apprenticeships are advertised on our website, and our friendly Recruitment Consultants are always at the end of the phone to match your son or daughter to their ideal employer.

Services We Offer Schools

Babington offer a range of services to schools and colleges to help provide career advice and promote Apprenticeships as a viable option after education.

  • Visits/Tours 
  • Attendance at Careers fairs – interactive activity, information and workshops 
  • Workshops in school 
  • Workshops in college/provider setting 
  • Summer schools 
  • 1 to 1 career guidance 
  • Sessions specifically tailored to Key Stage 3 and 4 
  • SEND and tailored provision offer/transition meetings 
  • Parental communication and meetings – face to face or online (such as Zoom). 

Take a look at our apprenticeships!

Apprenticeships