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Blog : Is there a need for further education or should more 16 year olds be encouraged to take apprenticeships?


Is there a need for further education or should more 16 year olds be encouraged to take apprenticeships?

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Emily Moore, People Director for Purple Cubed, explores further education and benefits of apprenticeships to both employees and employers

Earlier this year the government released figures showing 943,000 people aged 16-24 are not in education, employment or training (NEET), accounting for 13% of people in this age group.

As the GCSE results roll in today, the majority will stay on at school or college to study for their A-Levels, however what are the options for those who do not wish to stay? More support and careers advice needs to be given to young people to help them plan their future, as the careers guidance they get at the moment is inadequate. They may not be aware of the courses that could benefit them, or of the alternative options to further study or going to University.

Yet apprenticeships are just one of the ’debt free’ options for young people which give first-hand experience in the working world, plus a head start in the field they want to specialise in. They provide the opportunity to learn key skills and gain industry experience. And for employers who provide these schemes, apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. Providing progressive skills training for everyone – from new recruits to your leadership team.

Many businesses are already offering apprenticeships because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a committed and competent workforce. 80% of companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention, and 92% of employers believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

Young people need to choose what’s best for them and their future, and more employers would be wise to lend a helping hand…


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