national apprenticeship week

Last year I pledged that we would look at ways to make it easier for our apprentices, including finding a solution to the extortionate travel costs many of them face just getting to work
I'm not one to shy-away from the fact that I hated being in school. Sitting in a classroom and re-writing my teacher's notes wasn't my favourite activity; I'd much rather be out in the "real world" and finding out these facts myself.
This time last year, I would have never pictured that I would now be five months into an apprenticeship in Public Relations (PR). It has been the best decision that I could have made, but one that had never even entered my mind before, being so adamant that university was the right choice for me.
Throughout my A-Level studies I was weighing up the pros and cons of University or applying for an apprenticeship. I felt that both teachers and students at my secondary school only viewed University as the next option after A-levels. Apprenticeships were discussed, but not really taken seriously.
In the last six years, since I first started working for Dallaglio RugbyWorks in 2011, I have seen many examples of how a
It is widely documented that we are making great strides to reduce long-term youth unemployment, but the success story we don't hear talked about so much is that there are now more young people than ever in education and training. That's more young people than ever getting the chance to earn a good living or gain the skills they need to succeed, no matter what their background - which is important for them and important for our country.
Young people and employment were back on the agenda this National Apprenticeship Week. It's part of the Government's plan to make the apprenticeship status more desirable and valued as real training for real jobs, and not a cheap labour programme or a low skilled job creation scheme.
When I was at college, like a lot of people, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had always performed well at school; I was thrilled to achieve an A and two B grades in my A levels and I loved studying History, Business Studies and ICT. But what next?
Changes to the way people think will be needed to close the apprenticeship gender gap for women; we still need to adjust the mind-set which says that certain careers and sectors are for one gender or another, and we need to ensure that young women know enough about potential careers and outcomes while they are able to make those important decisions about their futures. If we can do this, perhaps during next year's National Apprenticeship Week we could be celebrating that gender gap closing.
I remember it well. The same routine many young people go through. The days spent wondering around university campus after campus deciding where my next chapter was to be held. The hours dedicated to filling in my UCAS form. The agony of pouring over my Personal Statement, as if my entire future depended on those few hundred words. At the time, I thought it did.