This month, the Department for Education have launched their new 'Fire It Up' campaign aimed at young people and employers nationwide.
The new campaign aims to ‘fire up’ employers to acquire new, energetic talent and give individuals the chance to gain a work record and evidence of transferable skills.
Although employers report high satisfaction with apprenticeships, many parents and school advisors still don’t consider technical education as an equivalent option alongside a purely academic route.
Apprenticeships connect together employers, parents, schools, training providers, FE colleges, business advisory groups, and individuals from our local communities. The benefits to both apprentices and employers speak for themselves – 90% of apprentices will get a job or go into further training after finishing an apprenticeship, with 72% finding sustained employment. Nearly three quarters (71%) of apprentices agreed that their chances of earning a higher wage in future had increased, and 80% agreed that their chances of going on to higher levels of training had also increased.
Employers report benefits such as improved productivity (78%), improved product or service quality (74%) as well as the new ideas apprentices bring to their organisation (65%). 83% would also recommend apprentices to other businesses.
There are now literally hundreds of new apprenticeships in a huge variety of occupations; from cyber security to nursing, engineering to creative design.
I am a proud supporter of apprenticeships; having seen the value they bring to apprentices and the employers that hire them in our local area. I would encourage young people to think about checking them out and urge more employers locally to seriously consider taking on apprentices.
To find apprenticeship vacancies locally, please visit: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
For further information see: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/