Parents: support for your son or daughter

These are some of the typical areas we can help your son or daughter with.

Work-related learning route

University isn’t for everybody, and some young people benefit from looking at alternative options at either 16 or 18. These can include:

  • Apprenticeships: the different levels for apprenticeships are intermediate, advanced, higher and degree…yes, degree apprenticeships! These combine practical on the job training with a technical certificate specific to the work area in which the student is working. Higher and degree apprenticeships allow students to study university-level qualifications relevant to their job and is paid for by their employer.
  • Vocational courses: these relate to specific work sectors such as a BTEC in business, IT, construction, engineering, health science or hair and beauty.
  • Gap year or volunteer work:  picking up some useful work experience or enrichment activity that will support university applications or employment at a later stage.

Higher education

Research shows that over one third of university graduates say they wish they had chosen a different degree, usually citing the fact that they didn’t do sufficient research beforehand or take advice.

As university tuition fees rise and significant student debt increases, getting it wrong can be a costly mistake and can lead to wasted opportunities – can young people afford to take the risk without professional advice?

We work with students to fully explore their options, helping them make the right choice. Our advisers have a well-established network of links with higher education and can help students identify suitable courses and universities, enabling both student and parent to seek ‘value for money’ in making choices, pointing out the differences between price and value, encouraging you to think like an investor and taking you through the different choices.

Applying for jobs

Our advisers can also give support with job applications, CV writing and preparation for job interviews – helping young people to market themselves successfully and with confidence to potential employers, vital in today’s competitive job market.

Researching careers and labour market information

Our links4careers websites collection points you in the right direction to find further information on careers and the labour market for you child’s career planning. And there’s a section for specifically for parents too!