With the continually rising price of tuition fees at Universities and the high demand for skilled workers throughout the UK, Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular route for young people. Over 389,000 young people started an apprenticeship between 2018-2019 and as teachers, providing the right information around how they function is crucial when supporting pupils and students to make a choice that is right for them.
Thankfully, there is plenty of support available for teachers in schools and other learning institutions helping raise awareness of the benefits of an apprenticeship to students who choose to start apprenticeship training as the next step in their development.
The five key benefits to students who choose an apprenticeship are:
- They are employed in a real job learning real skills, with 90% of apprentices staying on in their place of work after completing an apprenticeship
- They are working towards achieving an approved qualification – there are over 570 apprenticeship standards available
- They are paid at least the relevant national minimum wage though employers often choose to pay more
- They will learn in a variety of ways, from classroom studies to off-the-job training provided by their employer
- They will leave with at least a level 2 qualification in English and maths, improving their employability chances in later life
Apprenticeship Speakers for Schools
Most training providers will often be able to provide a speaker who will be able to give information on the apprenticeships available in your area. Discussing the minimum requirements needed, as well as answering any questions pupils may have. Inviting in previous students to talk about their experiences with apprenticeships can also help other pupils make an informed choice about their future.
Careers Advice and Guidance
It is a great idea to host a careers event during the school term where invited employers can talk to pupils about experiences in the working environment and any potential opportunities. This will give them great insight into the world of work and may spark their interest in getting into an industry they never previously considered.
Case Studies and Webinars
The Apprenticeship YouTube Channel has some fantastic videos promoting apprenticeships in key sectors such as construction and finance, in addition to other content such as success stories and interviews with current apprentices. Teachers can also sign up to webinars free of charge from a host of providers, where they can keep up to date with developments in the sector.
There are free resources such as Apprenticeship handbooks for students to work through helping them make an informed choice, as well as Teacher’s handbooks providing details on how to run informative sessions for pupils, as well as useful information on what an apprenticeship is and what kinds of standards are available.
Apprenticeships in Schools
Did you know there are apprenticeship standards now available for roles within schools, such as Teaching Assistant (Level 3) or a postgraduate teaching apprenticeship (level 6)? You may be able to use your school’s levy contributions to fund the up-skilling of current staff or provide opportunities for new employee’s. The government recently released some guidance around apprenticeships for the school workforce which gives detailed information around how your school can develop talent through apprenticeships.