Which employers in Surrey take on apprentices?
Relevant age range: 16-19
In our Parents' Pages 5-19 October e-bulletin, we included an article about how apprenticeships can be a great step onto the career ladder for young people and now we'd like to share more with you about the excellent benefits and the wide range of apprenticeships available in Surrey.
Since 2012, almost a thousand young people have started an apprenticehip in Surrey. The National Apprenticeship Service is currently advertising over 150 different vacancies in Surrey, everything from an apprentice gymnastics coach to professional chef. Well known employers such as BMW, British Gas, Cap Gemini, Santander, Esso and Barclays Bank regularly advertise apprenticeships in Surrey and even companies that you may think only employ graduates, such as Tax Accountants Baker Tilley, are often recruiting.
For those interested in hair and beauty, there are more than 10 different hairdressers seeking apprentices in towns from Farnham to Walton on Thames. Other popular apprenticeships in Surrey include animal care, business administration, IT and digital media, marketing and sales, childcare and motor vehicle mechanics to name but a few. There really is something to suit all tastes.
As an apprentice in Surrey, young people are likely to earn on average between £140 - £170 per week as a starting salary, dependent on the individual employer and the industry sector. It’s important to remember that the benefit of an apprenticeship is that young people get specialist training and on the job experience while earning a wage.
Apprenticeships allow young people the chance to gain qualifications that employers will value, without having to run up large student loan debts. After finishing, 85% of apprentices stay in employment, with two thirds staying with the same employer and a third getting promoted within a year of finishing their apprenticeship.
To find out more about apprenticeships, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk where you can read case studies, see details of the top 100 national apprenticeship employers and help your son or daughter search for an apprenticeship that’s right for them.