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Apprentice – your hired

An apprenticeship combines practical training in a job with external study. You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school, so long as you are 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays, living in England and not in full-time education. Do your children have apprenticeships on their radar? (If you live in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, then different apprenticeship options exist).



The Department of Education suggests that apprentices could be facing a tough future due to Covid-19, caused by a hiring freeze and firms going bankrupt. Compared to last year, the number of people beginning apprenticeships across the country has almost halved. Apprentices are exposed, as their training is dependent on the health of the private sector. Many businesses are under serious financial pressure due to the local lockdown rules.

Being an apprentice

Must be 16 or over and spend at least 50% working hours for the duration of the apprenticeship and not in full-time education. It’s a real job, treated like the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave. To be a successful apprentice:

  • Have a clear idea of the type of career/industry.
  • Committed to work and study, using practical approach to learning.
  • Able to adjust to the demands of work and academic study at the same time.
  • Prepared to mix written assignments with practical tests and exams.

The upside of an apprentice 

  1. The training is free and getting paid a competitive salary.
  2. Hundreds of different apprentice jobs in thousands of organisations.
  3. A great way to get back into the workplace after a career break.
  4. Re-train to boost to future earnings.

The downside of an apprentice 

  1. Your starting salary is often the minimum wage.
  2. You can’t gain access to certain careers through an apprenticeship (e.g. medicine or science).
  3. Graduates are more valued by employers.
  4. Missing out on the benefits of the depth of learning that a degree offers.

Completing your apprenticeship means valuable hands-on experience working whilst you learn, however, a full-time job and studying takes commitment and hard work; it won’t be right for everyone.

ChildMax continues to insure your salary and pays your take home salary while you’re on 12 months’ unpaid leave, caring for a sick child. It starts from £49.50 or for easy budgeting an initial payment of £8.25 followed by 11 monthly payments of £3.75.

Visit at or call the UK call centre 0333 323 0098 for more information.



Date: 26 October 2020 by Max Robinson