The best business advice, opinion, news and expertise in Greater Manchester and further afield.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Chamber urges this year's school leavers to look at Apprenticeships

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (1 – 5 February), Greater Manchester Chamber is urging school leavers to consider the potential benefits of doing an apprenticeship as a post GCSE or A-Level.

With a sharp increase in demand for university places, rising cost of student debt, and an increasingly competitive youth job market, the Chamber believes more young people need to look at getting vocational qualifications

Chris Fletcher, Deputy Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber, said: “For far too long young people have been told that the academic route is the only option. The result of this is that we have ended up with a shortage of skilled workers in sectors such as engineering and manufacturing which will be at the forefront of the economic recovery.

“We are not saying that people shouldn’t go to university, but we’re asking school leavers to consider whether a degree is right for them. There is no point going to university and piling up thousands of pounds worth of debt doing a course that won’t lead to a job.”

Apprenticeships have risen in popularity in recent years as the Government has put more emphasis on vocational qualifications to fill the UK’s skills gap. There is a wide range of apprenticeships available in Greater Manchester covering industries such as construction, engineering, hairdressing and IT.

Chris said: “An apprenticeship allows you to earn while you learn. Not only do you get training, but you also get work experience as you are given a placement in a real business. At the end of the apprenticeship you are equipped for a career in a skilled job without any of the debt that comes with going to university.”

National Apprenticeship Week also coincides with the launch of the Chamber’s sister orgnaisation Skills Solutions’ Apprenticeship recruitment campaign aimed to show employers and young people the benefits of apprenticeships.

Over the past few years the Chamber’s sister company has helped thousands of apprentices enter the world of work, supported by a variety of employers including high-profile names such as the Bank of New York and Siemens.

Also to coincide with the week, the Chamber and Skills Solutions are hosting a series of awareness events at its training facilities across Greater Manchester to allow parents and prospective learners can see first hand the range of courses on offer and speak to staff about the benefits of pursuing apprenticeship training. The first of these events will be held at Skills Solutions SkillCentre at Trafford Park this Wednesday (3 Feb) with additional events across Greater Manchester.

For more information on the ongoing campaign and events phone 0161 233 2656 or email

No comments:

Post a Comment