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Information for Parents

Find the right information for your son or daughter to secure a brighter future with an apprenticeship through West Met Skills. We provide young people with an excellent opportunity to work in a real job, earn a salary while studying an industry recognised qualification.

Apprenticeship facts

  • Whether a student is academic, hands-on or both; apprenticeship is a genuine route to progress into a fantastic career
  • Apprenticeships require no student loans, so there is no debt to pay for learning
  • Apprenticeships are developed by either industry experts or specialist sector bodies
  • Depending on the apprenticeship subjects, many of the apprenticeships are equivalent to A Levels or HNCs/HNDs
  • Apprentices can progress to university or higher apprenticeship providing a less expensive route to higher education.

Why West Met Skills?

  • A top college group in London with strong success rates

  • The largest college group provider of apprenticeships in west London

  • We work with major companies e.g. Addison Lee, Brunel University London, Menzies Aviation & Skanska.

  • 85% of our apprentices secure employment at the end of their apprenticeships and others go onto further training or higher education

How we support learners

Our Account Manager, industry-trained assessor and Learning Advocate support the employer and apprentice to deliver our high-quality training programme. We help to:

  • match the skills of a learner with the right employer to start an apprenticeship
  • turn their jobs into an apprenticeship
  • help them to upskill through an apprenticeship and progress within the company
  • start a traineeship if they are not ready for work yet.

Health & safety and safeguarding

We want our apprentices to enjoy a safe and secure working and learning environment. Risk assessments are mandatory to carry out at the workplace. We provide apprentices and employers with details on how to contact a safeguarding advisor should they need to.

What's next after an apprenticeship?

  • Discuss further job progression opportunities through their existing employer
  • Look for new job opportunities
  • Look for further training and development with West Met Skills
  • Request their qualification certificates and a reference
  • Speak to our Careers Advisers to discuss career possibilities and options available.

How can you help your child to prepare for an apprenticeship?

  • Visit our website regularly for job vacancies or look out for vacancies with local businesses
  • Help them to build their CV or contact us to help them get started
  • Seek careers advice – a free service available at West Met Skills
  • Visit the National Apprenticeship website for additional information.