National Apprenticeship Service

Why the Business Giants Are Failing Our Apprentices

Becky Wells | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Wells

Anyone not wanting to attend university is often force-fed the idea that apprenticeships are the way forward. Nearly half a million people started an apprenticeship in the 2013/14 academic year, including, surprisingly, more than 80,000 people aged over 35...

Why Many Parents Are Wrong About Apprenticeships

Simon Perriton | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Simon Perriton

Unfortunately, some of the negative assumptions about apprenticeships stem from older generations, parents and schools whose perceptions are based on the way that apprenticeships were in the past, before the National Apprenticeship Service was launched to support learners and help them to earn official qualifications.

The Modern Apprentice - A New Business Opportunity

Mark Naysmith | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Naysmith

As a professional consultancy advising and working with developers, contractors and architects we are directly impacted by skills and resource shortages within the environmental, construction and engineering sectors.

Can You Succeed in Law Without Going to University?

Jon Gregson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jon Gregson

Law has traditionally been seen as a career path only accessible via the conventional University route, but that is changing. In 2013 one of the most exciting and dynamic changes for our business wasn't just a merger or new senior management but a new approach to recruitment with the appointment of the first Level 4 Legal Apprentice in the UK.

Ten Apprenticeship Highlights of 2013

Matthew Hancock | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matthew Hancock

This year has been another significant year in the expansion of Apprenticeships in England. With more than two million Apprenticeship starts since 2010 and higher numbers of people on Apprenticeships than ever before, 2013 has been a triumph. It is therefore worthy of some reflection...

Why Traineeships Offer a Win-Win Situation: A Fresh Recruitment Strategy That Gets Young People Ready to Work in Our Business

Steve Pallas | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Pallas

Getting good apprentices was becoming a challenge for Nissan (NMUK). In a fast-growing manufacturing environment, we needed to make sure that we could access the best there was - young people who would learn while contributing to our growth and development, and who would be part of the company going forward.

Just OneDay Left to Enter Teams Into the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2014

Jez Anderson | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Jez Anderson

Throughout the Challenge the apprentices get the chance to improve skills that are much sought after in the workplace, gaining something personally while also helping their organisation by using the new skills they have learned in the workplace.

Award-winning Apprenticeships Happen at Smaller Businesses Too

Jessica Kirby | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Kirby

Having been an apprentice, I am now very aware that there are a considerable amount of people out there with a negative view of Apprenticeships - whether that is through a bad experience or through just hearing the ever-changing Chinese whispers that get thrown around regarding Apprenticeships. Trust me, the Apprenticeship experience is simply only a positive one.

Get More Young People Involved With Their Local Communities Through Apprenticeships

Sam Ogle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Ogle

Apprenticeships are not just about the education you receive via a training organisation, or the work experience through your job, but also about developing life skills. Being involved in community projects is a great way to develop these life skills and that is why we are highlighting this to the Deputy Prime Minister.

Engineering More Apprenticeships

Gareth Humphreys | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gareth Humphreys

While it is encouraging that initiatives such as Tomorrow's Engineers Week and various new government policies are starting to address these issues - a lot of the problem goes much deeper - into perceptions of engineering and the modern reality of our industry.

It's Time for the Age of the Enhanced Apprenticeship

Jez Anderson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jez Anderson

The government's Apprenticeship reforms have been designed to put employers in the driving seat, but in today's highly competitive economic climate, turning the dream of having the best apprentices in the world is not just the responsibility of employers and government.

Higher Apprenticeships - A Viable Business Alternative to Graduate Training Programmes

James Lawrence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Lawrence

I am really passionate about getting entry-level training right within leading companies to build the future workforce. At Visa we took a different approach to many others, putting business needs first and thinking differently to a yearly graduate intake...

Apprenticeships Offer Big Business Opportunities to Small Businesses

Paul Tansey | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Paul Tansey

Part of me doesn't want to shout about the unique business edge Apprenticeships give us, because I don't want to give away all our 'secrets' to our competitors. But the other part of me wants to encourage more businesses to tap into the potential that apprentices bring to any workforce...

Top Ten Reasons to Consider an Apprenticeship

Karen Woodward | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Karen Woodward

Apprenticeships are on the rise and have been at the forefront of the news agenda recently so we want to help challenge some of the myths and confusion with our top ten reasons to consider an Apprenticeship...

Swapping Jobs With a Minister - All in a Day's Work as Apprenticeship Champion

Jenny Westworth | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Westworth

Last week, I completed my job swap with the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, by showing him where I work at our BAE Systems Military Air & Information site at Warton in Lancashire. I took him on the journey of life as an apprentice, showing him where I began, the skills I learnt and where I completed, three and a half years later...

The True Capabilities of Apprentices Are More Than You Realise

Ben Clarke | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Clarke

Ten years on from leaving school choosing an Apprenticeship was the best and most important decision I made. In addition to "earn while you learn" benefits, Apprenticeships deliver true life skills like no other programme and develop you as a person. For employers who wouldn't want passionate, determined, dynamic, creative, energetic people in their organisation?

When Are Businesses Going to Realise That Apprentices Make Business Sense?

Neil Cain | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Neil Cain

I am such a massive convert to the business value in Apprenticeships - I just want to shout about it and make more businesses realise the opportunity and see more young people realising their potential. It seems that finally more people are cottoning on to the value of being an apprentice, but we just need more businesses to take it on.

Apprenticeships Are Not Just for School Leavers

Vince Birmingham | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Vince Birmingham

I do get frustrated when I talk to people about our Apprenticeship Programme at the care home I run and people automatically assume a lower level of care from very young apprentices. These assumptions couldn't be further from the truth.

Putting Young People's Development First Creates a Heart of Creativity

Mariam Rafiq | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mariam Rafiq

I wish apprenticeships had been widely available when I was young! Just think, I could have avoided thousands of pounds worth of debt trying to figure out if I wanted to study Science or Business. Too young an age for such a costly experiment and I'm still paying for it!

Apprentices Are Worth More Than People Realise - A Lot More

Alison Whitlock | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alison Whitlock

What really gets to me at results time of year is how quick people are to judge those who have achieved well at GCSE and A-Level as academics and those who struggled as 'failures' perhaps 'only destined for an Apprenticeship'.

Accounting for Childcare - My Apprenticeship Experience

Caroline Young | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Young

When I left school, I was doing well academically with B's and C's in all my GCSEs and so I followed everyone else and went to study full time in college. However, after a few months into my BTEC and A-levels I decided full time studying wasn't for me, as I am such a hands on learner I found it difficult to learn in a classroom environment.

The Varied Role of Apprentice Champion - Fish Markets to Fighter Jets

Jenny Westworth | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Westworth

Little did I realise when I took on the National Apprentice Champion role that I would be getting up at five in the morning to be at Billingsgate fish market to have a master class in how to fillet fish with current apprentices. This was just the start of my very exciting day, swapping jobs with Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP. A very different but varied day for me...

Launching the Search for the Apprentice Team of the Year 2013

Jez Anderson | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jez Anderson

The gauntlet has been thrown down to businesses, training providers and colleges to compete for the title of apprentice team of 2013 which opens for nominations this week.

Setting Up a Successful Apprenticeship Scheme

Raconteur Media | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK
Raconteur Media

Greater investment, additional numbers and extra support signal a new era for apprenticeships. But crucial to its success is ensuring employers offer quality programmes.

64 Reasons Why Apprentices Should Aspire to the Top

Jez Anderson | Posted 22.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Jez Anderson

Anyone who is passionate about the future economic success of our country should join with me in celebrating the stories of 64 amazing young people - the competitors in the finals of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge.