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Apprenticeships ARE Working...

Abby Davies - Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Today more people than ever are taking the apprenticeship route, with recent statistics showing that there was a record number of more than 900,000 new apprenticeship starts in 2015-2016! With the Government committing to invest £2.5 billion into apprenticeships by 2020 and the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy next month, things are only going to get better…

Apprentices are being increasingly recognised as being a valuable asset to any company and, since the roles involve combining on-the-job training with off-the-job learning, they are a great way for employers to grow their skills base effectively. Learning takes place in context, providing a real understanding of the chosen industry and combining both practical skills and knowledge together in a way that university education simply cannot compete with.

The growth in the apprenticeship market has been significant over the past few years. The Government are using the schemes to increase the country’s productivity and simultaneously improve employment prospects for young people. They have therefore committed to deliver an additional 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, and at the same time, increase the standards of the training opportunities on offer. April 2017 also marks the introduction of the Government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, which is essentially a tax on UK employers to help fund the training. It is hoped that this will motivate employers to offer more apprenticeships, further increasing the opportunities available to young people today.

Most importantly, the apprenticeships themselves ARE actually working! 90% of apprentices go on to secure a job after their scheme finishes, which is a huge contrast to the fact that almost 60% of UK university graduates are in jobs deemed to be non-graduate roles. Parents and teachers are now also much more open to the idea of apprenticeships, no longer only focusing on the A Level and university routes.

There are so many success stories out there from people who have chosen the apprenticeship route – you only have to look at all the events from National Apprenticeship Week 2017 to find them! And with all the changes over the next few months, you would be crazy not to at least consider it as an option…

To kick-start your apprenticeship journey today, please feel free to get in touch with our friendly AIM Advisors on 01865 986 781 or send a request through on our Contact Us form today!

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