Advice for parents

As the voice of business in the East Midlands and the second-largest Chamber of Commerce in the country, the Chamber is acutely aware of how important the decisions taken by school leavers are.

If your child was born on or after 1st September 1997 they must stay in some form of Education or Training until at least their 18th birthday. This doesn’t mean that they have to stay on at school or even go to college, young people have the choice of how they continue their education post-16. An Apprenticeship is an excellent way for young people to get the best of both worlds as they can continue their education whilst gaining valuable experience and earning a salary.

A salary is not the only benefit of an Apprenticeship, they also give training in the skills that employers want, excellent progression opportunities, increased future earning potential and paid holidays.

Post-school options, including Apprenticeships, is a crucial topic that is often on the agenda at the Chamber’s regular Schools Forum; designed to cover key issues such as how to build robust links with businesses and to develop employability skills in students.

We believe that our unrivalled connections and relationships to local businesses puts us in a unique position to develop young people through our Apprenticeships and with 17 varied frameworks to choose from, there really is something for everyone.

As a business organisation, we are aware of the various needs of our apprentices and the carefully-selected companies we partner with. Our background, coupled with the friendly, supportive approach we offer to both apprentices and employers is a major factor in why 98% of our apprentices remain in a job upon completion of their apprenticeship.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of Chamber Apprenticeships, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by clicking here.