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75% of Traineeships Lead to Apprenticeships or Jobs
June 26, 2019
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A new achievement rate measure will be introduced to boost transparency around traineeships, according to the government

Three-quarters of young people who complete a traineeship go onto start an apprenticeship, further study or get a job within 12 months, the Department for Education has said.

The number traineeships fell for the first time in 2017 and, at the time, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) urged the government to take action to save the programme.

Traineeships are an education and training programme aimed at helping 16- to 24-year-olds to prepare for an apprenticeship or work. They were launched by the coalition government in 2013.

The DfE has announced that a new achievement rate measure will be introduced for the academic year 2019-20 in a bid to boost transparency and highlight the progress of trainees.

The measure will help the government to monitor the effectiveness of the traineeship programme, and assist young people in making decisions about their futures.

In order to encourage more people into traineeships, the government is providing £20 million through the Adult Education Budget for further education and training providers.

‘A positive step’

Apprenticeship and skills minister Anne Milton said that traineeships were a great way of giving people of all ages and from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn new skills and go on to have successful careers.

“I’m thrilled that this report shows how traineeships are supporting young people to start their apprenticeship journey, get their first job or go to further study,” she added.

“This new measure we have launched today will also provide greater transparency and help young people make informed decisions about their next steps.”

Mark Dawe, AELP chief executive, said that the announcement was a positive step towards reinvigorating traineeships, and encouraging more young people to take advantage of the programme.

“AELP particularly welcomes the separate measurements of achievement confirming the programme’s original objectives of progression into an apprenticeship, job or further education.  

“In the light of this, we will be urging providers to seriously take a fresh look at traineeships with a view to increasing the number of opportunities available,” he said.

David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, said: 

“It is important that we do not lose the stepping stone programmes that allow people to progress to the levels of competence that employers are seeking. These changes will help recognise the many positive outcomes from traineeships which colleges are helping to achieve,” he said.

ViewPoint: Apprenticeships Are The Answer To Falling Uni Numbers
February 18, 2019
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Develop Training Limited (DTL), a leading provider to the utilities and construction sector, says apprenticeships can meet many of the challenges thrown up by falling university numbers.

Many commentators have blamed high tuition fees for a growing number of young people choosing not to apply for university, raising fears of a lack of social mobility. But DTL points out that school leavers give other reasons too, including that they don’t enjoy studying or don’t think they have the necessary academic skills for university.

The training company says that apprenticeships have the capability, not just to provide an alternative to university but also to address the wider issues

Operations Director, John Kerr, says: “Instead of racking up student debt, apprentices earn while they learn, and apprenticeships provide other ways of learning for those who aren’t suited to academia. At DTL, we specialise in practical training for high earning roles in utilities and construction. Yes, there is an element of classroom learning but for most of our apprenticeships, the focus is on learning through well-supervised, genuine on-the-job experience.”

Mr Kerr says that apprenticeships can also generate social mobility, even beyond what might be expected from gaining a practical qualification and a well-paid job. He explains: “As an organisation that believes in providing a holistic educational experience, we support many young people who have fallen behind with academic learning.” Crucially, he points out, that includes ensuring that apprentices attain satisfactory levels of literacy and numeracy.

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Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? The Importance of Social Media
June 26, 2018
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The following article is by Emma Stallwood, Digital Media and Marketing Executive, GPRS Recruitment.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, you’ll be aware of the struggles we are having as a country to sell apprenticeships to the emerging workforce.

Emma Stallwood, Digital Media and Marketing Executive, GPRS Recruitment

In fact, since the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, apprenticeship starts have been in decline. New figures from the Department for Education released on the 14th June 2018 reveal that the number of apprenticeship starts have fallen significantly, with a drop of 27.92% from last year’s figures (261,200 apprenticeship starts in 2017/18, down from 362,400 in 2016/17 academic year).

Ben Rowland, Co-Founder of the UK’s leader in digital, IT and HR apprenticeships says that “We firmly believe employers need to look beyond the apprenticeship levy and embrace apprenticeships as an integral part of developing the UK talent pool, keeping us a competitive nation.”

Now more than ever, the promotion of apprenticeships and making your programme a ‘sought-after’ scheme is imperative.

Over 1,400 people applied for eight spaces on the BBC apprenticeship programme – making it more competitive per place than many Oxbridge colleges. This approach shows that, with a dose of innovation, there is a way to reverse the fall in apprenticeship numbers.

Try our Top Tips for Engaging with the Apprentice Demographic

Today’s job marketplace is predominantly online, therefore maintaining an online presence is of the utmost importance, not only for company exposure but because it can be used to create or strengthen your employer brand and to attract talent to your organisation.

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Pizza Hut Case Study – A Reminder: Degree Apprentices
June 5, 2018
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Pizza Hut’s first cohort of degree apprentices (2017) gives an insight into just how beneficial the programmes are.

The first candidates of Pizza Hut Restaurants’ ground-breaking degree level apprenticeship programme are forging ahead with their career ambitions after successfully completing their first year on the course.

Emily Bell, James Mann, Holly Humphrey, Aaron Oreschnick and Anchit Mahajan have mastered skills in leadership and business whilst completing on the job training with Pizza Hut Restaurants.

Now moving into their second year, the group will delve deeper into the world of hospitality and business by completing modules in sales and marketing, operations and technology management and customer and stakeholder relations.

The group will also complete a second negotiated work-based project where they will be required to evaluate business scenarios and challenges from their own role.

The four-year degree level apprenticeship, which is a first for the hospitality industry, is delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and offers people an opportunity to study for a BA (Hons) business management degree whilst receiving on the job training at their local Pizza Hut.

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Free Information Webinars: National Apprenticeships Service
May 1, 2018
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The National Apprenticeship Awards, now in their fifteenth year, showcase the diverse range of sectors engaged with apprenticeships and celebrate outstanding apprentices, employers and those individuals who go above and beyond to champion apprenticeships.

Hosted by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards recognise excellence in businesses that grow their own talent with apprenticeships, and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.

They provide businesses and individuals with a platform to showcase how apprenticeships have made a real difference to their organisation and their careers.

The 2018 awards are now open for entries until 25 May.

Free to attend Information Webinars are being held to help you start your winning entry. Book now by following the relevant link below to register:

April 2018: Apprenticeship Statistics
April 23, 2018
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Apprenticeship starts were down 31 percent in January compared with the same period in 2017, the latest provisional government statistics released this morning have revealed.

There were 25,400 starts that month – down 11,300 from January 2017’s provisional total of 36,700, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The latest figures represent a bigger proportionate drop than in December, which saw a 23 percent year-on-year fall in starts.

Earlier this week the chancellor Philip Hammond admitted to parliament that he had expected starts to fall with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy – but not to the extent that they are.

“I recognise that starts are down—we always expected that,” he said.

“There are fewer starts than we expected, but we are seeing a much higher level of apprenticeship,” he continued.

“The Department for Education and the Treasury are looking carefully at how this is working,” he said.

“Our reforms to the apprenticeship system are about increasing the number of quality apprenticeships, so people of all ages and backgrounds can take advantage of the opportunities apprenticeships bring,” a DfE spokesperson said.

“We have recently seen an increase in the number of people starting on higher level apprenticeships, such as engineering and law, and on our new quality apprenticeship standards. These new apprenticeships are designed by employers themselves to meet their needs, and in a range of industries such as fashion, banking and defence.

“The apprenticeship levy is an important part of these changes to raise the quality of apprenticeships in this country, creating long-term, sustainable investment in training and education. Nearly 60 per cent of people starting on the new apprenticeship standards are levy supported, showing that levy payers are working well with the new system.”

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