[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s recently been reported that apprenticeship statistics are showing that that there was a 40% increase in the placement of apprentices aged between 16 and 24 between March of 2015 and March of this year.
Perhaps more encouraging are the figures quoted for 16 to 18 year old apprentices which see a rise of 63% in the same period of a year.
The rise appears to indicate that apprenticeships are now being recognised more and more by young people as an excellent career path to pursue.
There is still some confusion in terms of the awareness people have about how apprenticeships work. 20% of young people considering an apprenticeship think they would have to stay in the industry they’re apprenticed to for the rest of their working days!
Sadly, a greater percentage, 60%, stated that they didn’t know where to go for advice regarding apprenticeships, which shows that what the general lack of education we’ve been battling against for a long time now still needs to be worked upon.
Considering that almost 80% of apprentices are offered full time work with the organisation providing their apprenticeship, it’s critical that young people are given the information they need to be able to understand their options and appreciate the real benefits of being an apprentice.
It’s very good to be able to say that what we’re experiencing with both our ATA and regular apprenticeships reflects the findings in the reports, but we absolutely cannot be complacent. Young people need the appropriate information to be able to make fully qualified decisions and it’s part of our commitment to ensure they get it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]