Tale Heydarov is the Chairman of Gilan Holding, Founder of the European Azerbaijan School, Azerbaijan Teachers Development Centre, Libraff bookstores network, TEAS Publishing House, and until recently served as the President of Gabala FC football club (Azerbaijan Premier League) and Gabala Sports Club
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, work and interact with our friends, colleagues and family members. Entire industries have transformed rapidly, and millions worldwide have adjusted to working remotely.
The #FutureofApprenticeships post-COVID-19
COVID-19 has raised significant challenges for young people seeking to enter the job market. In the UK for example a total of 543,000 young people aged between 16-24 were unemployed in July 2020, an increase of 122% compared with March. In my home country of Azerbaijan, youth unemployment stood at 14.56% in 2019, this will undoubtedly rise this year as a result of COVID-19 with the IMF predicting a £9.6tn hit to the global economy. With increased levels of home working, opportunities are shrinking for young people to develop key skills highly sought-after by employers. Through my experiences in business, I understand the vital importance for young people to be afforded opportunities to develop skills and gain valuable work experience. Apprenticeships allow young people to develop their potential and enter the workforce earlier.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged numerous sectors of the global economy, with many industries potentially unrecognisable in the ‘new normal’. This health crisis is challenging us globally, but we should be confident that in the end, things will get better.
In recent months, billions of people globally have been sent into lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on public health. With schools, colleges and universities in most countries still shut, if not partially, the lockdown is proving to be a significant challenge for most young people and working parents. Though the world is progressively emerging from lockdown, we need to collectively ensure that not only are those vulnerable to the virus protected but that our students and their education aren’t prejudicially impacted. It therefore begs the question - should students return to school and higher education?
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