NAW 2019: A parent’s perspective

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As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. With so many options available it can be a daunting time not only for your child, but for you as a parent.

This National Apprenticeship Week, we are aiming to dispel some of the myths in the apprenticeship space and equip you with the right information to support your children. I caught up with Adam Kent, whose daughter is a degree apprentice with Capgemini – here’s what he told me:

What did you think when you heard that your daughter wanted to apply for an apprenticeship?

As we toured the various Universities looking at the courses on offer, as an IT professional myself it became apparent that what was being taught was generally out of date, in many cases irrelevant and together we got the distinct impression of little commercial use. IT moves extremely quickly and it was clear the courses on offer in this sector did not.

Isabelle had already had plenty of work experience and whilst she was looking forward to a good time at University it was clear that the decision in the main would be not deliver the accelerated path she craved for learning and progression.

Therefore the decision to look at Degree Apprenticeship’s was a logical and natural one that we both felt met her needs.

How have you seen Isabelle develop during her apprenticeship?

I’ll be honest, I knew she would do well, University would have merely stalled Isabelle’s career for three years and probably pickled her liver. Instead she has matured even more, been promoted and taken on responsibility way beyond her age, bought her own house and drives her own car whilst others who finished A Levels at the same time are still in their first year at University.

What advice would you give to other parents who are helping their children decide between applying for an apprenticeship and going to university?

Age is no barrier to progression at Capgemini; Isabelle will gain a degree with no debt whilst learning at the leading edge of technology and systems. In four years’ time, her career will have accelerated way beyond her peers. It’s not an easy ride combining work and a degree, you have to be hardworking and focussed but the rewards and job satisfaction make it an easy decision.


Join our Parents and Guardians’ insights event

Would your child/niece or nephew make a great Capgemini Degree Apprentice? Have any questions you would like to ask directly to the team?

Join our live chat session where you’ll hear more from a parent perspective, as we discuss all things Degree Apprenticeships. Also joining us will be a representative from UCAS Media, who’ll be sharing insights into the post-A-level and college market, what trends are they seeing and advice for parents, advisors and teachers.

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