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Apprenticeships provide valuable 'on the job experience'

From September 2013 all young people in England must continue in education and training after the age of 16. That doesn’t mean they have to remain in school until they are 18, but they will have to participate in either full-time education, an apprenticeship or some form of part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20hrs per week.

Remaining in full-time education is already popular with 16year olds, particularly those that aspire to join university or college.  However this may not be the right option for every young person.  The idea is that this new legislation will open up a broad range of training opportunities which aims to give young people more choice in how they learn.  Apprenticeships offer valuable ‘on the job’ experience and training that equip apprentices with the knowledge, expertise and qualifications they will need to succeed in their future careers.
In Worcestershire, businesses have been opening their doors to more apprenticeship places.  In areas such as engineering, there is an acute skills shortage and employers are once again seeing the value of ‘growing their own‘ skills and talent.  Skills shortages have been hampering business growth in some areas and apprenticeships can certainly begin to address some of this shortfall in the longer term.

Locally there is some funding available to the tune of £1500 to help encourage more businesses to consider the apprenticeship option.  Julia Bakewell, Employer Account Manager from the National Apprenticeship Service commented “The great news is that apprenticeships count as being in education and there will be no new duties or burden on employers.  There are several forthcoming events enabling businesses to find out more and fully understand the benefits of employing an apprentice in their business”. 

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