Apprenticeships are failing to attract the very people they were designed for, according to a new report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. The number of people under 25 enrolling on apprenticeships rose by only 4% between 2010-2014 which currently represents only 4,200 in that age group. With a skills shortage across many sectors, such as tech, banking and finance and construction, the apprenticeship ‘turn-off’ is exacerbating the problem, but what is causing it?
What’s causing the turn-off?
Two principal issues are causing young people to turn away from apprenticeships:-
- Apprenticeships aren’t regarded as a positive move as they don’t represent an improvement in educational terms. The report found that 97% of apprentices age 18-21 are enrolled on schemes which are A level equivalent or lower.