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Benefits of apprenticeships not known to school leavers

BB Training survey reveals not enough information on apprenticeships is available to school leavers

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 01, 2015 | Law, finance, HR

A survey conducted by Busy Bees Training, part of the UK’s biggest childcare provider, found that 44% of school leavers felt there was not enough information available to them about the benefits of apprenticeships.

Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy, which runs apprenticeships in childcare and catering for hundreds of learners up and down the country, conducted the survey to find out just how much information available to students about alternatives to further education.

The survey found that 44% of school leavers felt there wasn’t any information available to them about apprenticeships, with 36% saying there was no guidance available from their school or college at all.

Of the school leavers surveyed, 36% said they would not consider an apprenticeship at all as a career option, and 44% told that they were not aware that funding was available for adult learners.

Commenting on the findings, Busy Bees Training manager, Fay Gibbin, said: “Limited information, advice and guidance is provided by education providers on vocational routes, particularly to those deemed ‘too intelligent’ to enrol onto an apprenticeship programme.

Fay Gibbin

“More needs to be done at school level to allow students to explore alternatives to university when making choices about academic and vocational qualifications, including apprenticeships, and for students to consider whether a degree is a necessary route for their chosen career path.”

“Higher apprenticeships are available, with Level 4 and 5 the equivalent to a higher education certificate, a higher education diploma or a foundation degree, and Level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

“We are working to change people’s attitudes towards apprenticeships, and want schools and colleges to give correct, impartial information about apprenticeships, making sure school leavers have all the information available to them about their next step on the career ladder.”    

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