Friday, September 24, 2021

Plea to bosses: give apprenticeships to growing tide of young job-seekers

Just weeks ago, students were celebrating exam results hard-won during the challenges posed by the pandemic.

September is usually when many head to university or college intent on gaining further qualifications.

But leading Sheffield skills and training academy The Source is highlighting a huge surge in young people wanting to go straight into work.

It also believes yet more will come onto the jobs market before the year is out, as students find college or university life is not for them and decide to quit – a view in line with a report in FE Week, which found in 2020 nine per cent  had left by the age of 17 and only 51 per cent were still in college at 18.

This summer UK vacancies numbered almost a million, but The Source, a not-for-profit organistion with charitable status,  fears young jobseekers could end up in roles with low training prospects.

Said Mark Jackson, The Source’s Head of Work-Based Learning: “We urge young people not pursuing further education to opt for apprenticeships. The time-tested apprenticeship programme is unbeatable for the training, mentoring and qualifications it provides, all of which give career progression.”

The organisation on Meadowhall Way has 100 vacancies waiting for the right applicants, but it has over 500 education-leavers waiting and predicts that number will increase.

“More and more are deciding to avoid student debt and find a career path instead, and in addition each autumn we see a steady influx of people who started college and university courses, but found they were not for them,” said Mark Jackson.

“We urge businesses to offer apprenticeships – solid, career-oriented opportunities – to young people who decide that for whatever reason, further education is not their path,” added Mark Jackson.

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