A new parents’ guide to apprenticeships is being launched today by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

As students consider their options after school or college, this impartial guide helps parents to understand more about apprenticeships and how they can be a viable alternative to the default route of university. The guide includes case studies from sector apprentices in technical and support roles and was informed by interviews with them and their parents.  

The Apprenticeship Levy, which will come into effect in April 2017, is likely to see more companies recruit more young people in to apprenticeships. These work-based, ‘earn-while-you-learn’ programmes offer fantastic opportunities for those who want to build a successful career without having to go to university first and incur this cost. Apprentices even have the option to complete a degree apprenticeship or degree after completing their apprenticeship.

Caspar Bartington, Relationship Manager – Education, at the CII, said: “Apprenticeships will play a critical role in developing the UK workforce. Many top employers already offer excellent programmes and many more will do so from next year.

“With a typical graduate leaving university with a debt of some £50,000, getting a degree the traditional way is simply not affordable for most people. Many parents harbour the misconception that apprenticeships are a second-best option and it can be difficult to get a complete picture of the benefits of an apprenticeship from a school or college. We hope that this guide helps parents to make informed choices about the next steps that their children can take.

“There has never been a better time to be an apprentice in any sector. We encourage all parents and students to give this option the consideration it deserves.”

The guide is being distributed to schools and colleges across the country and can also be downloaded here - alternatively, email