The rise of apprenticeships
The Telegraph has reported on new figures, released by the National Apprenticeship Service, revealing that the number of teenagers opting to do an apprenticeship has reached a record high. And the statistics suggest that females are the reason for this increase in demand.
In 2013, between August and October, a total of 461,530 teenagers applied for on-the-job training compared to 263,072 in 2012. Females accounted for 216,100 of those applications, an increase of 55% on the previous year.
This rise in demand for on-the-job training has resulted in an average of 12 applicants for every 1 apprenticeship vacancy – making a once unpopular career path choice now very competitive. In some market sectors such as education (classroom assistant, for example) an average of 27 applications are received for every 1 vacancy.
But yet there are also reports that despite the high demand and obvious advantages of being an apprentice some still shun that career path. Some teenagers are still being told they are “too clever” to choose vocational further education.
Chief executive of Edge, Jan Hodges argues: “The stigma attached to vocational learning is old-fashioned and unjust.”
As you will see from the link above there is also the question of cost – a young person on vocational learning who is undertaking an apprenticeship will be paid. Maybe not much, but they will be paid, rather than be running up the debts associated with university study. You have to decide what’s right for you.