Government unveils major new boost to apprenticeships

The Independent is reporting that  a major boost in apprenticeships has been unveiled by the Government…

Ministers announced the introduction of 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in a range of occupations from engineering, hospitality, law, accountancy and journalism to offer a gold-standard alternative to a university place to today’s young people..

One of the schemes unveiled involves The Independent and its sister paper the London Evening Standard and will allow a junior journalist to develop the quality skills necessary for the profession.

The plans were unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable who, speaking from the set of ITV soap Emmerdale – where apprentices were involved in behind-the-scenes work – said: “For too long there has been a divide between university and vocational education which has been damaging for both employers and young people.

“Placing university degrees and apprenticeships on an equal footing will help break down barriers and better meet the needs of business.”

Speaking to The Independent after visiting apprentices at work at Google’s London headquarters, Skills Minister Nick Boles added: “It is a big challenge we’re setting ourselves for these young people who aren’t going to carry on with academic qualifications.”

Mr Boles added that those who choose apprenticeships would be able to “earn while they learn” and could go on to full degree courses after completion, or remain in employment…

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  1. MesmaUK

    CareersDefender SchoolsImprove agree re lack of incentive to promote. Also lack of data – easier for schools to track Uni applications.

  2. MesmaUK

    CareersDefender SchoolsImprove it is. Targets/ measures drive focus. Apps don’t feature. Measuring would ^ results more than a campaign.

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