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Research shows one in four Brits fell in to work but finalists left nothing to chance

In the build up to this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards, new research from the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) reveals that one in four Brits “fell in” to their current job.

The research revealed that one in ten are in their current job because they didn”t get qualifications required to pursue the career they wanted and one in six work to support passions outside work. 20% said their job was a stepping-stone to the career they really want.

A quarter of the people questioned left their careers to chance. When asked why they do the job they do, only a third of respondents said they were passionate about it, and four out of ten cited money as being their main motivator.

This research is published as the Learning and Skills Council announces finalists for their Apprenticeship Awards.This years fianlists chose Apprenticeships to ensure they got the career they wanted. Apprenticeships in sectors including Engineering, Construction, Hospitality, Health and Beauty and Telecommunications are in the running.

The Awards, in their fourth year, are hosted by the LSC and are designed to recognize hard work and commitment of young people on, or just finished, their Apprenticeship, and employers successfully using Apprenticeships to improve business.

This year’s Awards attracted over 1,000 entries, from apprentices and employers all vying to be named Apprentice or Employer of the Year at the ceremony taking place on Wednesday 20th June, London Hilton, Park Lane and presented by TV personality Nick Knowles.

Nick commented: “I”m very proud to be asked to present this year’s Apprenticeship Awards. It’s a prestigious event and I”m looking forward to meeting all this year’s finalists.”

Stephen Gardner, Director of Apprenticeships at the Learning and Skills Council says: “Our nation’s skill levels need to be improved, apprentices are excellent examples of people making plans for the futures by learning the skills and knowledge.”

“The LSC would like to congratulate each and every finalist for their hard work, development and commitment to their Apprenticeship programme’s. I hope they prove to be positive role models to others who choose to undertake Apprenticeships. I look forward to meeting each and every one of them.”

Chris Mitchell

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