Often apprenticeships are overlooked as a career option, or even dismissed as they pose competition for the funding associated with the learner.
In the 2015 report titled 'English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision', the government set out a bold vision that included young people seeing apprenticeships as a "high quality and prestigious path to successful careers". Yet despite the continued improvement of apprenticeship schemes – and their increased popularity – we still need better engagement between schools and local businesses to prepare young people for work and training.
In a blog post Central YMCA’s Chief Executive Rosi Prescott posted earlier this year, she pointed out the collective need for us to identify which jobs industry is crying out for and then educate young people in these areas.
"Last year," she wrote, "the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) highlighted the need for 182,000 construction jobs to be filled by 2018, and yet, just 7,280 people completed construction apprenticeships in 2013. There’s a clear gap between the talent we need, compared to the apprenticeships being taken in those fields."
At Central YMCA, we believe that by answering the needs of businesses with the right apprenticeships will have the added benefit of leading to their improved perception among school learners.