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Apprenticeships and youth employment

Apprenticeships offer a high-quality career path for people looking to gain valuable work experience, develop industry specific skills and achieve a nationally recognised qualification while earning a salary.

Apprenticeships are offered across a wide range of sectors, and apprentices can be new or current employees of a business.

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Cameron is building a bright future with an apprenticeship

“The transferable skills I’ve gained through my apprenticeship, such as communication and team building, will help me in my future career.”

Read Cameron's story

Information for parents

As a parent, you want to help your child make the right choice about their future career.

If your child is 16 years or older, and living in England, have they considered applying for an apprenticeship?

With an apprenticeship in Cumbria, students gain valuable skills through on-the-job experience, study towards an industry-recognised qualification, and earn a salary at the same time.

“I’ve got a completely different view on apprenticeships at 23 than I had at 16. I’d say to anyone who’s in the same position as I was then to do an apprenticeship. I’m doing my degree now and getting paid at the same time. It’s a no-brainer for me.”

Former apprentice Dominic Miller is now a Plant Engineer for GSK

What kind of money can they earn?

Apprentices earn a minimum of £3.40 per hour, but many employers pay more than this, depending on the sector and apprenticeship level. If your child takes on a higher apprenticeship, they could be paid as much as £300 – £500 per week.

And if that's doesn't get their attention, how about the fact that completing a Level 4 higher apprenticeship could result in an increased lifetime earnings of an estimated £150,000*.

* University Education, Is this the best route into employment? AAT and Cebr, Feb 2013

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Furness College

Furness College has 'something for everyone'

Each year, Furness College trains just over 900 apprentices and works with over 500 employers, offering apprenticeships in everything from Business to Beauty Therapy and Catering & Hospitality to Construction.

Principal and Chief Executive of Furness College Andrew Wren said: “We treat college like a workplace so when our apprentices move full time into a working environment, they’re prepared. They’ve got broad, work-ready skills.”

Read more about Furness College