The dust is only just settling on the 12 th annual National Apprenticeship Week – with
evidence showing 74 per cent of Brits would do an apprenticeship over a degree.
The notion of ‘earn while you learn’ as opposed to racking up huge debts by studying
for a degree is now a much more viable option.
Research of 1,200 workers, undertaken by CV-Library, also revealed that more than
half of those surveyed thought apprenticeships enhanced career options more than a
This shift is good news for apprenticeships, which are now seen as very viable
careers options for those under 25, with the apprenticeship system considered as
providing a very clear pathway in a range of careers.
Previously, apprenticeships were traditionally linked to trades such as construction or
manufacturing but there now exists opportunities in sectors such as banking,
accounting, IT, law and leisure and tourism.
The government has looked to increase the profile of apprenticeships across the UK
and has also looked to educate and support employers to use the system
productively, with elements like the apprenticeship levy.
The growth in apprenticeships and the fact that there are opportunities not just with
local companies but blue-chip organisations like Santander, BT, the BBC or Unilever
is driving enthusiasm for apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are delivering significant benefits for both the apprentice and the
employer, especially at a time when finding and securing talent is rare.
Having a viable and successful apprenticeship scheme is a positive way of ensuring
a ready-made and positive workforce of the future.
Businesses that don’t have an apprenticeship scheme currently in place, will have to
undergo a process to ensure that it meets the right educational and professional
standards, but the hard work could be worth it in the long run. More information for
this can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website.
It is also worth checking out https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/ if you are
considering an apprenticeship.