welding_welder.jpg_1356678171.jpgNational Apprenticeship Week 2017

Did you know that during a recent survey, 75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service? If it wasn’t time before to recognise apprenticeship programmes as a direct competitor to a university education – it definitely is now.

From Monday March 6th through to Friday March 10th, National Apprenticeship Week aims to increase awareness and take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships across the country by universally recognising the career path as a ladder of opportunity to a brighter future.

There has never been a better time to be an apprentice and to be employing an apprentice. Hiring apprentices or trainees helps to grow businesses, and more importantly, helps businesses to grow their own talent.

How? By developing and moulding a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce which is trained to know everything about your business. Inside and out with no time spent working on and learning skills irrelevant to the role.

This year, the government is celebrating 10 years of ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ and the impact that apprentices have made over that period of time across the country. The theme to this year’s week is ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, helping to highlight progression routes of apprenticeships, from traineeships through to higher and degree apprenticeships.

How do Apprenticeships benefit the economy?

2017 presents itself as a great year to get into apprenticeships, it is high time young people in the UK are given more expansive routes into careers and expanding apprenticeships could help tackle skills shortages in sectors such as building and construction. 

The government invested £1,559,771 in apprenticeships during the 2014/15 academic year, and they are doubling the annual level of spending on apprenticeships between 2010/11 and 2019/20 in cash terms to £2.5bn.

Apprenticeships are available in 1,500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries and there are over 200 trailblazers involving more than 1,400 employers with 266 standards published (of which over 70 are higher and Degree apprenticeships) and more than 160 new standards in development.

What are trailblazers? – Trailblazers are employer lead, developed and designed apprenticeships which are tailored to boost the skills that individuals need to be successful within a particular company/industry.

Why are these important? – The development of trailblazer apprenticeships means that employers are more inclined to develop young people into the workforce they need to fit their business. An employer designed apprenticeship means they dictate what the apprentice will undertake during the learning process. Apprenticeships tailored to specific business needs.

Since May 2015 there have been 624,000 apprenticeship starts and in total, 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England during the last Parliament.

How do Apprenticeships benefit employers?

Do you want young, enthusiastic talent that you can mould and develop for your business? The answer might just be to hire an apprentice. A growing number of UK companies are doing just that with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from having an apprentice.

Apprenticeship schemes are quickly becoming a popular way for young people to enter the working world, allowing them to learn and earn a trade whilst gaining valuable on the job experience. It’s a win-win.

  • 87% of employers said they were satisfied with their apprenticeship programme
  • 76% of employers say that productivity has improved
  • 75% of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service
  • Employers say that qualified apprentices  are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications

Apprenticeships enabled businesses to grow their skills base resulting in increased profits, lower prices and better products whilst traineeships also offer small businesses an opportunity to help build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of running an apprenticeship scheme is that it helps to create a dedicated, loyal workforce. The majority of apprentices are young school or college leavers, meaning that they should have lots of energy with which to learn and adapt to an employer’s way of doing things.

This can only benefit both the employer and the apprentice; they work hard to climb the career ladder within your organisation and you get high quality work being produced to your specifications on their way to the top.

How do Apprenticeships benefit learners?

Apprenticeships present learners with a healthy and competitive alternative to higher and further education post school and college. Why are apprenticeships attractive? They boast the ability to earn whilst you learn.

And you are gaining valuable skills which in most cases are tailored to suit the industry and even the business that you are undertaking the apprenticeship with.

  • After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer
  • A  quarter of former apprentices had been promoted (23%) within 12 months of finishing
  • On average, individuals with an advanced apprenticeship earn between £77,000 and £117,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with Level 2 qualifications
  • Nearly a fifth (19%) of advanced apprentices progress to higher education over time following their apprenticeship, either at a college or university

Experience counts for a lot in the workplace and many university degrees are not vocational, meaning that graduates can find themselves leaving university with very few real-life skills.

Learners who take on an apprenticeship immediately benefit from a clear advantage in terms of knowledge of the business world, compared to someone who has been through higher education.

Compared to most university graduates, apprentices have at least three more years experience – and maybe more – if they left school before taking A-levels.

Apprentices can build up valuable knowledge and skills every day at work whilst still working towards a nationally-recognised qualification.

How can TQUK help?

TQUK firmly believes in the power of learning. Qualifications open doors and we believe that every young person should have the same opportunities - however they like to learn.

Supporting real-life, workplace experience with knowledge and principles that sit behind the practical aspects of a role, the apprenticeship model combines all of the practical and theory aspects that you need to begin your chosen career.

Apprenticeships are the perfect way to learn, earn and excel in vocational subjects.

We offer apprenticeship opportunities in the following sectors:

  • Business Administration
  • Health and Social Care
  • Customer Service, Contact Centre Operations and Retail
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Management and Leadership
  • Cleaning and Support Services
  • Education and Training
  • Childcare
  • Computing and IT

More Information

If you would like to get in touch with us regarding our apprenticeships, you can call the TQUK office on 03333 583 344 and we’ll be happy to talk you through the process.

Already a TQUK recognised centre? We’re having a ‘March Madness’ sale across our qualifications, purchase £2000 worth of apprenticeship packages through March and you can receive 20% off your order. Get in touch with you Client Relationship Officer to find out more information.