Apprenticeships Increasing the Employability of 16-24 year olds

Although the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds fell by 10,000 in the three months to May 2012, there are still over one million young people looking for work. This may sound like a pretty bleak statistic if you are just leaving school, however, upskilling and training is one sure way to improve your chances of getting a job in today’s competitive market. With an Apprenticeship, you have the added bonus of being able to earn a weekly wage whilst you learn a valuable skill.

The recent research paper The Evaluation of Apprenticeships: Learnersproduced by The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills certainly indicates that completing an Apprenticeship improves your employability and job prospects:

“Learners do generally report a strongly positive impact of their Apprenticeship on their skills and working life. Eight out of ten Apprentices believe that their Apprenticeship has improved their ability to do their job, provided them with sector-relevant skills and knowledge, and improved their career prospects…… There is also evidence of Apprenticeships contributing to individuals making concrete progress at work in the year after completion. One third of individuals who had finished their Apprenticeship had received a promotion (32%), and of those in work, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job (75%).”

– BIS Research Paper 76, Evaluation of Apprenticeships: Learners

Apprenticeships cover many different sectors, from Hairdressing and Horticulture to Engineering and Business Admin, and they all include Functional Skills modules in English, Maths and IT. Completing an Apprenticeship proves that you are conscientious and dedicated to your career, which are very attractive qualities to any prospective employer. Added to this, the invaluable experience and training you receive enriches your CV for the future.

For advice and guidance on Apprenticeships you can call me on 01635 35975 or email Rachel@wbtc-uk.com