From education to employment

“Great progress on apprenticeship standards, but more still to do” says Apprenticeships Minister

 The Good Schools Guide and QMUL launch 2019 Apprenticeships Anthology

Minister of State at the Department for Education, the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, has spoken of her pride in the expansion of apprenticeship standards over the past two years but has said that outdated attitudes are still causing young workers to miss out on the opportunities offered by signing up to an apprenticeship scheme.

The Minister made her remarks as part of a contribution to the 2019 Apprenticeships Anthology, produced by the Careers arm of The Good Schools Guide in collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London.

She said: “There are now more than 400 new apprenticeship standards available in every profession, such as aerospace engineering, cyber security, data science, law, nursing, and construction. Royal Mail, Channel 4, Barclays, and BAE are just some of the leading businesses offering people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to learn new skills and get a great job.

 “The number of people starting on our new style apprenticeship standards has risen by 22% in the first quarter of 2018/19 compared to the same point last year – a sure sign that things are improving!

 “But outdated attitudes are still putting some people off apprenticeships which means they’re missing out on great jobs and higher salaries. We all – government, employers, careers advisors, teachers and parents- have a role to play to make sure people are aware that an apprenticeship can be a life changing opportunity.”

The anthology – the second such to be released by The Good Schools Guide: Careers and Queen Mary University of London – contains contributions from 28 different sources, from government ministers and politicians through academics, employers and trade unionists to the voices of apprentices themselves, all reflecting on their experiences which cover all aspects of apprenticeship policy and practice and giving their views on the subject in general.

The Contributors are as follows: Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive of the IfATE; Anne Milton, Minister of State (Education); Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London; Robert Halfon MP, Chair of Education Select Committee; Helen Grant MP, Chair Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network; Frances O’Grady, Trades Union Congress; Mark Dawe, Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Adrian Anderson, University Vocational Awards Council; Greg Wade, Universities UK; Nicola Turner, Office for Students; Alice Barnard, Edge Foundation; Anthony Impey, Optimity; Bethan Morgan, Barclays; Tyrone Upton, Mace; Feyi Coker, Department for Transport; Dexter Hutchings Edge Foundation; Jenny Talyor, IBM; Lord Lucas, The Good Schools Guide; Jamie Hilder, Queen Mary University of London; Liz Gorb, Manchester Metropolitan University; Sarah Banham, Battersea Power Station Development Company; Sharon Byfield, Coca Cola; Sir Peter Lampl, Sutton Trust; Joshua Uwadiae, WeGym; Stephanie Bishop, Cap Gemini; Jade Holmes, JCB; Ekansh Sharma, Accenture; KM Group.

It also contains a ready reckoner for employers as to the 400+ apprenticeship standards approved for roll-out, broken down by category, and graphics detailing the progress of apprenticeship schemes across the workforce.

The Apprenticeships Anthology, 2019  is published on Monday 13th May 2019.

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