The Rise of the Apprenticeship

The Learning Renaissance

Changes in the way that Higher Education is funded in the UK, namely the move to make the funding a personal commitment based on a loan rather than a societal commitment backed by grants, have significantly impacted on the life chances of potential British students, and disproportionately on those from more disadvantaged backgrounds.

At the same time the traditional narrative, “Study hard in school x obtain a degree = job for life” no longer holds true with the recent economic volatility meaning there were more graduates than graduate level jobs available.

In the UK, there has traditionally been a misalignment in esteem between a university education and a technical/apprenticeship type education. We have therefore suffered in finding sufficient technically qualified people to maintain a competitive advantage in science and technology fields.

Belatedly, and in part fuelled by concerns of a traditional university degree route, there has been greater interest expressed…

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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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