Parents, Guardians and Carers

Apprenticeship information for Parents, Guardians and Carers

If you’re over 18 and making decisions for yourself or you’re an employed professional enrolling onto a digital apprenticeship then this page might not be relevant to you. However, many of our apprentices are just starting out in their working lives and we’ve created this page for parents, guardians and carers so they can get a feel for what NowSkills and our culture is all about.

Underpinning everything we do at NowSkills is our vision. You can read about it here.

NowSkills is not a college

NowSkills is an independent training provider (ITP). We access the same government funding stream as a college, with a direct contract to deliver apprenticeships with the Department for Education’s Education and Skills Funding Agency. In order to maintain this contract, the outcomes for our apprentices, our contract performance, our directors and our financial health are all stringently reviewed.

ofsted logoJust like a college, our quality of teaching and learning and the progression of our learners is inspected by Ofsted. Ofsted is tasked by the government to inspect a range of educational institutions, including us. This external monitoring means that you can have confidence that we will deliver the very best apprenticeships we can to progress your young adult.

So why not go to a college?

For digital apprenticeships, we’re better than a college. Colleges play a vital role in delivering a wide range of education to their local communities, but we focus on one thing: digital.

At NowSkills we concentrate 100% of our efforts into digital apprenticeships. Our programmes are delivered by digital tutors with real commercial digital experience who can stretch and challenge your talented young adult, set high expectations for success and provide assistance and challenge so they can achieve to the best of their ability.

The key to a successful digital apprenticeship is finding a committed local employer who understands digital apprenticeships. NowSkills has an IT-savvy employer engagement team that works with employers, visits them, identifies synergies between their values and ours and supports them to offer your young adult progression. Employers need the next generation of digital talent to join their teams and can offer apprentices some fantastic career opportunities.

NowSkills visits every employer that wants to recruit an apprentice. We score our employers based on the opportunity they can offer our apprentices. We decline to work with approximately 20% of employers who want to recruit an apprentice for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that we feel the role on offer will not progress your young adult’s digital skills.

The best local employers with a commitment to apprenticeships appreciate NowSkills’ understanding of the sector and how our teams support them.

Our stringent employer selection process, coupled with our dedication only to digital apprenticeships and our commercially experienced delivery team means that NowSkills will deliver your young adult a stand-out digital apprenticeship that will equip them with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to embark on a meaningful and rewarding career.

Future prospects

The digital sector is growing and people with digital skills are in demand and those skills are likely to be in demand for the foreseeable future.   A NowSkills apprenticeship will kick-start your young adult’s career in the digital sector. Please visit our page explaining future earning potential here.

A safe place of work

We visit potential employers’ premises and meet the prospective line managers and other senior managers before we agree to work with them. We do this to ensure the role is suitable, the place of work is safe and welcoming and that the culture of the business fits with the demands of an apprentice who, not only works but will be paid to spend 20% of their time learning.

If at any time you or your young adult has any safeguarding concerns we have a safeguarding team who will respond immediately. Details of our safeguarding policy and specific training are delivered to apprentices at the beginning of their apprenticeship. You can read more about safeguarding here.

Top Tip –  It’s worth asking other training providers and colleges if they’ve visited the employer and the employer’s premises before they send a prospective apprentice for an interview

Tuition fees?

Neither you nor your young adult will pay towards the cost of an apprenticeship.

There are no course fees and there’s no student debt for apprentices to pay off later. Digital apprenticeships are valuable and each one costs employers between £11,000 – £18,000.

Your young adult will receive a wage, the apprentice minimum wage is here. However, NowSkills works with employers who pay higher than the minimum wage.

What if things go wrong?

Occasionally things don’t work out. We’re very good at making matches for job roles to apprentices, however, things do go wrong sometimes. We’ve all taken a job that wasn’t quite right: Perhaps the role isn’t what was expected, perhaps there’s a personal clash with a colleague or the hiring line manager has left the department. Whatever happens, we’re there to support your young adult.

The key action is for them to let their tutor know so we know there’s a problem, your young adult will also have had interaction with our recruitment team, so they can contact them too. If the incident is serious you may need to notify our safeguarding team.

Many times we resolve a problem. However, if an apprentice needs to find a new employer, although rare, then we will support them through this process.