16 Apr

Apprenticeships: A Step In The Right Direction

With a career spent running training in the medical device industry, Steve Dickson, training academy manager at Avensys UK Training, believes apprenticeships should be made more accessible and widely used to help address healthcare recruitment issues and skills shortages.

The debate about whether we are producing too many graduates and not enough skilled staff for lower level specialist positions is gaining momentum. On paper, the UK has the most skilled workforce the country has ever had, yet is not as productive as many other developed countries, due, employers say, to a lack of technical skills in the workplace. Graduate labour market statistics show that almost one in three graduates are not doing graduate level jobs. A typical student on a three-year course outside of London might expect to leave university with up to £40,000 of student loans and then, if they are able to find a job at all, go into a profession for which they are overqualified. Even if they end up in a graduate level job, the ‘graduate premium’ - the extra amount a graduate can expect to earn - is narrowing.

However, there is an alternative, one that is currently the focus of the biggest shake up in skills-based learning for a generation apprenticeships. While traditional degrees undoubtedly have a value and play a vital part in the makeup of our educational and employment landscape, alternative paths that offer a more flexible, skills-based approach give a far broader cross section of people the chance to realise their potential and help drive the country forward. Click here to read the full article...

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