Jake Tween is Funding and Apprenticeships Manager at ILM. Jake is passionate about the role apprenticeships play in the future of UK Plc, and is responsible for looking after the Apprenticeship Frameworks in Leadership and Management. He works closely with groups of employers to support them through the process of developing a Trailblazer Apprenticeship. Jake has a strong background in awarding and qualification design Standards, and is an expert in the available funding streams for apprenticeships.
When Doug Richard revealed the findings of his review, he said; ‘No matter who I speak to, everyone agrees that apprenticeships are a good thing’. Five years on, and we’re seeing even more people both inside and out of the sector developing an understanding of the value of apprenticeships, and their role in helping fill the UK’s critical skills gap and improve the UK’s productivity.
Despite being one of the most accessible and efficient ways to upskill talent, dismissive attitudes towards apprenticeships are still rife in the UK. Deeply ingrained associations with trade, low wages, and a perception that they put a glass ceiling on progression, mean that apprenticeships have long considered something not to aspire to. Because of this, and in spite of their widespread use across all sectors and at all levels, it can be difficult for people to see apprenticeships for what they really are; a highly effective way for individuals to gain the essential skills that businesses so desperately need.