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Apprenticeships – valued by employers
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For a number of years Apprenticeships have been an established route to skilled jobs, and it seems their reputation is growing. An independent survey carried out on behalf of EAL, an awarding organisation for industry qualifications, has revealed that 42.8% of employers believe Apprenticeships are equal to degrees for preparing and helping their workforce to progress. A further 28% said they are more valuable.
Why are Apprenticeships so popular?
There are good reasons for this. Where higher education courses can be strong on providing theory and background knowledge, Apprenticeships can be strong on developing the broad range of skills that enable trainees to make a contribution from day one. The government sees Apprenticeships as a vital way of tackling skills shortages and youth unemployment. To back this up they have introduced more support for Apprenticeships than ever before, including payment incentives for small employers and a reduction in red-tape to make it easier to take on apprentices.
A secure future for Apprenticeships
The future is bright for Apprenticeships too. Vocational training has been long established in manufacturing and engineering, and it’s predicted that as skilled workers in this sector retire, millions of new skilled workers will be needed to replace them in the years to come. This sector is also set to play a key role in developing and delivering the green technologies that we need to live and work in a more environmentally friendly way.
I didn’t know you could do an Apprenticeship in that…
Apprenticeships aren’t just available in traditional industries. For example, did you know that you can do an Apprenticeship in the music business? Or emergency fire operations? You can also train in live events and promotion, photo imaging, and supporting teaching and learning in schools. See the links below to browse the full range of Apprenticeships you could do.
One big plus…
There’s one other big advantage to taking the vocational route – cash. Instead of taking out loans for university courses, you’d be receiving a training wage.
Look at all your options
Although we’re highlighting Apprenticeships here, it’s important that you give university just as much consideration. The number of careers you can train for through an Apprenticeship is expanding, but there are still many jobs for which you need to train at university. One route isn’t better than the other, it’s just that you have more choice these days, so make sure you make the right choice for you.
Find out more
- Apprenticeships website – types of Apprenticeships
- Apprenticeships website – case studies
- Not going to uni
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