Apprenticeships are becoming more recognisable in the workplace. From being an apprentice myself after going through the run of a Sixth Form College and the intention of going to University, I can clearly see now how apprenticeship schemes really do benefit a business.
As far as apprenticeships go, the graduating apprentices are starting to overrule the university postgraduates. Apprentices start to gain the experience needed in the workplace as soon as they step through the door, and as an employer would look for experience when they are hiring, an apprentice would have this first hand with a qualification to back them up.
We all know that student debt is something that always worries those who are aspiring to a University Degree; however, a degree is no longer the only route to a dream career.
Apprenticeships are free for 16-24 year olds and levels start at GCSE level which is level 2, going all the way up to 7 which is equivalent of Masters Level. This is offered into so many different sectors of the workplace, from engineering to nursing to digital marketing, without accumulating university debt.
More than ever, many graduates now struggle to achieve their chosen career after completing University. Around approximately 17,000 UK and EU full-time university graduates, which is 7%, were assumed to be unemployed after completing their first degree in 2014 - this had increased from 2013. Many graduates, instead of pursing their dream career, can end up in working in lower paid jobs after completing their degree.
The government have been leaning towards the idea of apprenticeships in the last few years and provide funding for an apprentice joining a business seeking one. This contributes towards their wages and resources needed to complete their day-to-day tasks. The government sees the potential in businesses having a keen apprentice on board to excel through the business and gain all the experience they need.
A success story from Print Strategy
would be our now Head of Customer Experience, Anja Parkes. Having joined Print Strategy back in 2012 as a Business Administration apprentice, she has clearly defined the success of the apprenticeship scheme, learning the business in different areas then pro-actively starting a Customer Services team when the business expanded exponentially. Anja is a real credit to herself and the business, working with luxury brand clients each day seeing to their requirements and needs.
Happy National Apprenticeship Week to all Apprentices and what a successful 10 years it has been for every one of them in all sectors.