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National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week is taking place once again, aiming to celebrate how apprenticeships can open up better career opportunities for young people. The 10th National Apprenticeship Week will bring together employers and apprentices from across England to commend the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as an alternative to university and college.

In 2015-2016, over half a million apprenticeship starts were registered. Additionally, around 4,300 apprenticeships were registered in modern roles such as software development and aerospace engineering.

7 in 10 people who complete an apprenticeship course go on to stay employed at their company, progressing on to promoted roles and even management. This is potentially a huge deal for young adults concerned about job security in the near future.

We’re continuing to see a shift in the jobs landscape as apprenticeships grow increasingly popular. Now, many roles that would have been reserved to someone who had a degree are being opened up by employers to those who carry real life working experience and a more realistic hire.

Given the length of apprenticeship roles (typically 12-18 months) it’s likely such prospects would have acquired quite a lot more experience than they would have from a more traditional means, like the university route. Getting paid, firsthand experience on the job is a huge advantage over a more distant and expensive university placement making apprentices potentially more valuable experience in the long run

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