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The Apprenticeship Renaissance

Wednesday 18th January 2017

An article published recently in the TES discusses how Apprenticeships, rather than suffering from an image crisis are actually experiencing “a renaissance.”

Debbie Scotton, Business Development Manager at South Leicestershire College discusses the points raised.

“This article written by Matt Garvey, Managing Director of West Berkshire Training Consortium highlights some very valid points around the perception of Apprenticeships.

“Matt argues that it can often be portrayed, albeit unintentionally, that Apprenticeships need ‘help’ or an image re-haul. Matt flips this viewpoint on its head, stating that they are in fact undergoing a renaissance as the upcoming reforms build on the existing core values that currently and have always made Apprenticeships such an effective training option. Values such as training young people in response to economic needs, ensuring they possess the experience, skills and knowledge to be productive members of their department and society as a whole.

“Matt also highlights that Apprenticeships are suitable for all and need to be seen this way – an ideal route for those who are not academic but also the high achievers whose choice between University and a prestigious Apprenticeship scheme will be a tough one.

“The rebirth of Apprenticeships as a valid career route is a positive one. The workplace landscape is shifting, and education is moving with it. This ‘renaissance’ will ensure that Apprenticeships sit alongside A Levels, not as an inferior option but as a respected and sought after career route for all young people.

To find out more about Apprenticeships, including how to employ an Apprentice and the upcoming reforms, email 0116 264 3535

Read the TES article here.

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