As we welcome Charlotte, the new apprentice to the Thump team, it is clear to see that there is an ever increasing number of young people who are turning to apprenticeship schemes. Apprentice schemes are the popular alternative for those leaving school, college or sixth form.
Figures released in March 2016 showed that more than 11,000 people undertook higher apprenticeships between August 2015 and January 2016. Although this figure may seem small, apprenticeships at all levels show that 2.7 million people have taken them since May 2010. The government is encouraging more people to take this route, as their aim is to increase the number of apprentices to 3 million by 2020. As a great alternative to heading off to university for many people, apprenticeship schemes allow young people to gain experience as well as learn and earn on the job. They can receive excellent academic learning alongside hands on training. Doing an apprenticeship allows young people to gain qualifications in their chosen job sector, even potentially a degree. Most apprenticeships are a 12 month period, however, others can span a four year period depending on the level in which you take.
Highly visible in the news at the moment is the 12th series of the Apprentice on BBC one. Starting on Thursday 6th of October, aspiring business men and women compete for a chance to win £250,000 from successful businessman Lord Alan Sugar. As apprenticeships are mainly a good way of getting training and gaining knowledge whilst on the job, they are also an excellent alternative to going to university which is deemed the stereotypical way to future business success by many in society. Although the television programme is very different to apprenticeship schemes themselves, the programme does show that there is always an alternate route to business and financial success, and university is not the only answer.
This alternate route has been taken by many successful people including the chef Jamie Oliver, designer Alexander McQueen and former football manager Sir Alex Ferguson who undertook his apprenticeship in toolmaking.
Apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities for those who feel that university isn’t right for them, and want to discover what working life has to offer them with real experience. If you would like to find out more information concerning apprenticeships, click here.