Apprenticeships: For Students, Parents and Jobseekers

by Dr Catherine Dawson
ISBN-13: 978-0749463335

This book provides a complete guide to apprenticeships. It contains frequently asked questions from students, parents and jobseekers and is packed with quotations, case studies, useful advice, practical checklists and self-assessment questionnaires. It also contains useful websites and addresses of relevant organisations.

For both school leavers and adult learners, this is the only resource you'll need to make an informed decision. With information on funding, your rights, developing skills as well as information on key national and regional learning providers, this book will give you the confidence and knowledge to pursue your chosen career and compete with other candidates.

 

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Apprenticeships: For Students, Parents and Jobseekers

SECTION 1: KNOWING ABOUT APPRENTICESHIPS

Chapter 1: The development of apprenticeships

  1. History and background
    Facts and figures
    The role of Sector Skills Councils
    Frameworks
    The role of Apprenticeship Training Agencies
    The role of Group Training Associations
    The Wolf Review
    Summary
    References

Chapter 2: The different levels of apprenticeship

  1. Young Apprenticeships (England and Wales)
    Programme-Led Apprenticeships (Northern Ireland)
    Pathways to Apprenticeships (Wales)
    Pre-Apprenticeship Learning (Wales)
    Apprenticeships (England and Northern Ireland)
    Foundation Apprenticeships (Wales)
    Advanced Apprenticeships (England)
    Modern Apprenticeships (Scotland)
    Apprenticeships (Wales)
    Higher Apprenticeships (England)
    Apprenticeships for people with disabilities
    Summary
    Further information

Chapter 3: How apprenticeships work

  1. Funding
    Working with learning providers
    Training and assessment
    Salaries
    Apprenticeship contracts
    Length of apprenticeship
    Summary
    Further information

SECTION 2: INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND ADULT LEARNERS

Chapter 4: Is an apprenticeship right for you?

  1. Seeking advice and guidance
    Undertaking a self-evaluation
    Balancing your needs and wants
    Considering the practicalities
    Assessing the positive and negative points
    Summary
    Further information

Chapter 5: Assessing the alternatives

  1. Enrolling on a further education course
    Enrolling on a higher education course
    Taking vocational qualifications
    Learning and earning opportunities
    Obtaining full-time employment
    Summary
    Further information
    Further reading

Chapter 6: Choosing the right apprenticeship scheme

  1. Finding out what is available
    Getting ahead of competitors
    Researching potential employers
    Making a decision
    Completing a choices checklist
    Summary

Chapter 7: Applying for an apprenticeship

  1. Understanding the application process
    Filling in an apprenticeship application form
    Producing a CV
    Writing a covering letter
    Making the most of your previous experience
    Making the most of your qualifications
    Preparing for interviews and assessments
    Attending an interview or assessment
    Improving your chances of success
    Summary
    Further reading

Chapter 8: Working as an apprentice

  1. Understanding your rights
    Balancing training and work
    Working successfully with others
    Managing your money
    Remaining motivated
    Developing transferable skills
    Summary
    Further information

Chapter 9: Progressing on from an apprenticeship

  1. Staying with the same employer
    Moving on to another job
    Accessing learning and earning schemes
    Moving on to college or university
    Seeking advice and guidance
    Summary
    Further reading

SECTION 3: INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Chapter 10: Is an apprenticeship right for your children?

  1. Understanding the facts
    Overcoming misconceptions
    Assessing your children's wants, needs and skills
    Knowing about the skills that can be gained
    Understanding the alternatives
    Assessing the advantages and disadvantages
    Seeking advice and guidance
    Summary

Chapter 11: Helping with decision-making

  1. Presenting unbiased information to your children
    Discussing the pros and cons
    Encouraging effective decisions
    Reaching consensus
    Avoiding arguments
    Summary

Chapter 12: Supporting your children as apprentices

  1. Helping with applications and interviews
    Sorting out accommodation
    Encouraging financial independence and responsibility
    Offering practical support
    Helping your children to remain motivated
    Summary

SECTION 4: INFORMATION FOR JOBSEEKERS AND CAREER CHANGES

Chapter 13: Is an apprenticeship the right route?

  1. Obtaining advice and guidance
    Understanding the personal benefits
    Understanding the financial implications
    Understanding age-related issues
    Using an apprenticeship to change career
    Asking the right questions
    Summary

Chapter 14: Knowing about the alternatives

  1. Understanding British qualifications
    Knowing about learning providers
    Remaining in your current job
    Taking part in employment training schemes
    Summary

Chapter 15: Finding an apprenticeship programme

  1. Considering apprenticeships with your current employer
    Utilizing your contacts
    Searching for vacancies
    Assessing the suitability of an apprenticeship
    Applying for an apprenticeship
    Summary

Chapter 16: Undertaking an apprenticeship

  1. Understanding the structure and length of apprenticeships
    Knowing about employment contracts
    Knowing about working conditions and wages
    Undertaking learning and training
    Completing the apprenticeship successfully
    Moving on
    Summary
    Further information
    Further reading

 

Appendix 1: The different types of apprenticeship

Appendix 2: Frequently asked questions

Appendix 3: Case studies

Appendix 4: Useful addresses

Appendix 5: Useful websites

 

 

 

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