David Cameron urges teachers to do more on apprenticeships


David Cameron urges teachers to do more on apprenticeships

British businesses are being deprived of apprentices because university-educated teachers fail to recommend them to pupils, David Cameron has suggested. 

The Prime Minister expressed frustration that the apprentices he meets rarely say they heard about the opportunity through school rather than online or via word of mouth. 

Mr Cameron pointed to the proportion of teachers who took A-levels and applied for higher education to explain why there not enough teenagers were considering picking in-work training over university

It comes after Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted chief inspector, pledged to toughen penalties against schools which failed to provide adequate careers advice for pupils. 

The Conservatives have promised to create three million more apprenticeships over the next parliament if re-elected in May. 

Speaking to Rolls-Royce workers at a factory in West Sussex, Mr Cameron said the Coalition had improved job prospects for apprentices but called for more to be done. 

“There are good things happening, but I think there are a couple of areas we still need to get right. One is the careers advice we give to people in schools. 

“So often when I meet apprentices and I ask ‘how did you hear about the apprenticeships’ they say ‘well, I found it online’ or ‘I knew a family friend’ or ‘I knew the business because it was nearby’. 

“I don’t get the answer enough: ‘I was told at school about the apprenticeship pathways as well as the university pathway.'” 

He continued: “You need to explain both to people. This is not a criticism of teachers but most teachers did A-levels, filled out a Ucas form, went to university. They are very familiar with that path and we need to make sure the careers advice in schools offers both the pathways.” 

The Prime Minister said children considering apprenticeships should know they could earn more money quicker than those who spend three years at university before entering the job. 

He pledged to publish data on the job prospects and likely salary for each university, academic course and apprenticeship to help guide teenagers’ decision on further education. 

“Lets make this information available, lets make sure young people know the choices are,” Mr Cameron said. 

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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 www.3aaa.co.uk 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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