Apprenticeship options outlined

A series of information evenings for parents will be held in the coming weeks to provide them with information about the options for their children after the age of 16.

The sessions, run by Connexions Northamptonshire in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, will also see a range of local and national employers give details about their apprenticeship schemes and are aimed at parents with children in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13.

By 2013, children up to the age of 17 must stay in some form of learning, including apprenticeships, part-time education, training, voluntary work or employment. The age will be raised to 18 by 2015.

Paula Bright, senior executive at Connexions, said: “It is important that parents understand what options are available after Year 11.

“With the raising of the participation age young people will continue in learning until they are 18. We want to make sure parents understand these options and also raise awareness of the wide range of apprenticeships.”

The information evenings will be held at the East Northamptonshire Council Chamber, Thrapston, on Tuesday, January 22; at the Holiday Inn in Geddington Road, Corby, on Wednesday, January 30; at Buccleuch Academy, Kettering, on Tuesday, February 5; and at the Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, on Thursday, February 7.

Space at the sessions, which will all run between 7pm and 9pm, will be limited, with organisers advising parents to book their places early at