Apprenticeships ‘increasingly attractive to middle-classes’

Nick Boles, the new Skills Minister, says apprenticeships are increasingly being seen as equal in value to university degrees as it emerges that up to 100 teenagers are chasing each post this year

Rising numbers of middle-class teenagers are considering on-the-job training courses because university is no longer seen as the only way to “get ahead” in life, according to the Skills Minister.

An overhaul of apprenticeships in recent years – creating more positions in respected jobs such as financial services, engineering and computing – is starting to put work-based training on a par with traditional three-year degrees, said Nick Boles.

Speaking days before the publication of this year’s A-level results, he said every school leaver should go into higher education or take an apprenticeship as a path into a decent career.

The comments were made as research showed that up to 100 teenagers are now competing for every training place as major employers compete with universities to recruit the brightest teenagers.

Figures obtained by the Telegraph showed that Marks & Spencer had around 3,000 applications for 30 trainee manager positions – apprenticeships open to school leavers with the equivalent of two A-levels.

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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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