27% Of University Graduates Have Lower Income Than Former Apprentices

Many young people have worked hard to get into university, sustained by the hope that ATG_employees_230114their efforts will pay off in the form of enhanced lifetime earnings. This is what politicians usually use as their argument when they want to push more young people towards academic study. However, new figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate that an apprenticeship could prove more valuable for many youngsters. The website Not Going to Uni has done some calculations which show that graduates can end up earning less than employees who have completed an apprenticeship.

According to the ONS research, 27% of university graduates currently earn less than former apprentices. In addition, 26% of lower-paid graduates were found to be doing part-time jobs, while the proportion for employees with an apprenticeship was 11%.

Not Going to Uni delves deeper into the matter, tackling some numbers typically cited by politicians defending their focus on academic study. According to the most popular statistics, a university degree is likely to add some £150,000 to a person’s lifetime earnings. The estimate for those with an apprenticeship on their CV is for an additional £100,000 or more. But there is one major flaw in these popular statistics: they do not take into account the money spent on obtaining a degree. This will cost at least £53,000 and the figure can be much higher for those studying in London. As Not Going to Uni notes, that level of debt erases any advantages a degree may offer in terms of earning power and leaves graduates with lower lifetime earnings than former apprentices.

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Upcoming Campaign Aims To Raise Profile Of Engineering Among Young People

ATG Training – the training provider steeped in the Engineering sector - identifed that the UKATG_youngengineer_011013 will find it extremely difficult to compete on a global scale unless it develops a solid base of engineering talent. In order to achieve this, the country needs to educate young people about the exciting career opportunities awaiting them in the engineering sector according to spokesman Stephen Smyth.

Realising the importance of spreading the message, the government and industry representatives are pushing that agenda forward with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.

EngineeringUK, one of the industry bodies sponsoring the campaign, estimates that the engineering sector will need to fill 2.74 million positions by the end of the decade. But this will not be possible unless more school children, especially girls, are persuaded to pursue a career in engineering. There are too few at present going for degrees or apprenticeships leading to such careers, EngineeringUK said.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will run from 4 November to 8 November, setting itself the task of altering perceptions not only among young people but also parents and teachers. The government is involved through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), which has been joined by leading engineering companies, industry organisations and the best and brightest among the UK’s young engineers. Their primary objective is to reverse antiquated negative perceptions, with a special focus on promoting engineering careers among women. The organisers will also seek to demonstrate that engineering plays an important part in the daily life of young people.

A lot of the activities planned have been designed with that objective in mind. Young engineering ambassadors will demonstrate the wide range of job opportunities available, while round tables and discussions will highlight the need for developing future talent and attracting more young people to the sector.

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71% Of Employers Have Yet To Join The Apprenticeship Push

Stephen Smyth, spokesman for ATG Training, the provider that trains Apprentices noted thatATG_apprentice_240913 numerous studies have made it clear that apprenticeships deliver massive benefits both for employers and their young trainees. Given the importance of apprenticeships for building the UK’s future talent base and tackling the problem of youth unemployment, the government has made it a priority to promote vocational training. But it needs to offer employers more support and bring its initiatives to a much wider corporate audience, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). The recruitment industry association was prompted to make this statement after its latest JobsOutlook survey established that 71% of employers have yet to make apprenticeships part of their talent strategy.

Among the 600 employers participating in the survey, 200 were asked whether they offered apprenticeships. Interestingly, 3% did not know the answer to that question but more important is the fact that only 26% said they ran apprenticeship programmes.

Commenting on the findings, REC chief executive Kevin Green stated that UK companies still had much work to do with regard to apprenticeships. The employers that have yet to embrace this practice should give their recruitment strategy serious consideration because they will find it difficult to meet their talent needs otherwise, both at present and in the future.

Green went on to add that the REC was keenly aware of how important it was to engage young people and help employers attract talented staff. But it is also very important that the government provide more support to apprentice recruiters, as well as ensure that information about various schemes reaches as many employers as possible. Previous research by the REC found that only 18% of employers were aware of and would use the Youth Contract scheme, Green noted.

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20,000 Apprenticeship Vacancies For School Leavers

These are crucially important days for young Britons. Precisely a week ago, all attentionATG_290813 was focused on the release of GSCE results. While the excitement may have passed its peak, it is far from over. The big question still faces many school leavers: what to do now? For the growing number of youngsters making an apprenticeship their first choice, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) delivered some great news on GSCE results day, announcing up to 20,000 vacancies across a wide variety of sectors and positions.

A recent spate of data has confirmed the growing popularity of apprenticeships both among young people and employers. Several months ago, NAS-commissioned research found that apprentices were viewed as 15% more employable compared to peers with other qualifications. Earlier this month, an ICM survey established that 54% of English youngsters would snatch up an apprenticeship opportunity if it presented itself. And the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published last the findings of its own research last week, announcing that 81% of employers and 72% of apprentices would recommend an apprenticeship.

NAS director Jaine Bolton noted that GCSE results day was a stressful time for many young people, but they now have a steadily growing pool of options to choose from. Increasing awareness about the value of apprenticeships has led to a significant rise in the number of opportunities available, giving young people excellent chances to build a rewarding career. Apprenticeships now cover more than 170 occupations and 1,500 job roles, making this the best time ever for school leavers to consider vocational training, Bolton added.

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Apprenticeships Gets Big Thumbs-Up From Employers, Young People

GCSE students have recently received their results and Stephen Smyth, spokesman for theATG_occupations_220813 #Apprenticeship training organisation ATG Training saw the results of a survey published last week by ICM who set out the findings of a survey of young people in England, revealing that 54% of them would opt for an apprenticeship if the opportunity presented itself.

Now the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released the results of its surveys of employers and apprentices, providing further evidence of the growing popularity of apprenticeships and their value to all parties involved.

Apprenticeships come highly recommended by both companies and trainees. Among the 4,000 employers participating in the business survey, 81% said they would recommend apprenticeships to other employers. The BIS asked the same question to 5,010 apprentices and 72% of them said they would encourage their friends to follow their example.

The employer survey also established that apprenticeships resulted in higher product or service quality for 72% of companies. According to 68% of the sample they enhanced productivity, while 55% listed as a benefit improved ability to attract good workers.

Among apprentices, 83% said that the apprenticeship had improved their career prospects and the same proportion stated that it had enhanced their ability to do the job.

Commenting on the results, Business Secretary Vince Cable noted that the government had persisted in promoting apprenticeships despite the difficult economic climate. Over the past two years apprentice numbers have surged by more than 80%, which shows that apprenticeships have become a popular career route for young people. The findings of the BIS surveys once again demonstrate the benefits for both employers and young people. Apprenticeships are key to building the UK’s skills base, which is in turn vital for the prosperity and economic growth of the country, Cable added.

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UK To See Growth Of Over 50% In Apprentice Numbers By 2018

The number of apprentices in the UK is projected to reach 800,000 within five years, amounting to growth of more than 50%, Online Recruitment magazine has reported.

The forecast comes from Alexander Mann Solutions, a globally operating specialist in talentATG_apprentices_010813 acquisition and management. Its head of client services, Tim Campbell, was named Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Mayor of London. As Campbell told OnRec, a growing number of bright young Britons are choosing apprenticeships instead of university and this is great news for employers. In fact, both parties stand to reap significant benefits. Companies get motivated, enthusiastic new employees, while apprentices get to build valuable workplace skills and confidence. Campbell noted that about 80% of employers consider the presence of apprentices among their staff as conducive to greater productivity.

In 2012 the UK apprentice army numbered 520,600, which translates into an increase of 14% compared to 2011. In addition, almost 75% of apprentices now finish their training successfully as opposed to 50% in 2006.

At present, the most popular sectors among apprenticeship candidates are business administration and retail. They jointly account for over 50% of all apprenticeships. Next on the popularity list are healthcare, public services, engineering, manufacturing and construction. The sharpest increase in apprentice numbers has been recorded in London, where the growth rate is estimated at an impressive 132%. Second place is occupied by the North East with a similarly impressive expansion of 107%. The South West has made the smallest progress but its 60% rise in apprentice numbers is still a solid result.

Having seen the figures, Stephen Smyth, spokesman for ATG Training remarked that the growth in employer confidence had been reflected in the number of Apprenticeship vacancies seen on the website www.atgapprenticeships.com  However, many roles are due to close, so young people should apply before they took their holidays as the opportunities will be closed soon.

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NAS Unveils New Resources For Employers To Help With Apprentice Recruitment

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) announced on Friday the launch of several new measures that aim to provide guidance for employers and help them recruit apprentices.

To begin with, the apprentice.tv collection has been expanded with the addition of two new films:ATG_apprentice_300713 “How to hire an apprentice” and “Why hire an apprentice.” The NAS has used real employers’ stories to address issues such who to approach initially, the importance of evaluating business needs, the selection of the right training provider and the way to begin recruiting.

The list of new measures also includes Jason Holt’s appointment as Apprenticeship Ambassador for smaller companies. And there is a new online search tool (“Find an Apprenticeship Training Organisation”), which provides employers with new data on training organisations. This means that companies will be able to find local training providers with ease. Another new tool, AV Live, makes it easy to get information on apprenticeship vacancies. AV Live, which is currently in beta trial, automatically updates and displays this data.

NAS chief executive David Way said that these new resources offered employers easy access to all the information they require in order to recruit an apprentice. The NAS is hopeful that its additional help will make more employers realise the benefits of apprenticeships and encourage them to take on apprentices, Way added.

Earlier on Friday, it was announced that the £1500 apprenticeship grant would be extended for another year. This is paid to companies with fewer than 1,000 employees for hiring apprentices aged 16 to 24. Thanks to the grant, more than 30,000 young people have been given the opportunity to join apprenticeship programmes, the NAS said.

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Unilever Executive Praises Benefits Of Apprenticeships

Unilever is one of those companies that people come in touch with every day. The consumerATG_Unilever_120713 goods giant has built a portfolio of more than 400 brands, among them Dove, Lipton, Ben & Jerry’s, Domestos, Knorr and Axe. What some may not know is that the company is a great believer in apprenticeships and its UK division recently took on 20 apprentices in business administration and IT. While Unilever UK is keen to help address the problem of youth unemployment, it is also convinced that apprenticeships deliver amazing benefits for businesses and that apprentices are great employees, Apprentice Eye reported this week.

The website cited Tim Munden, HR vice-president for Unilever UK & Ireland. According to Munden, apprenticeships benefit both companies and the wider economy. Unilever’s experience has shown that the young people enrolling in its apprenticeship programmes are talented, ambitious and loyal workers. This means that apprenticeships provide employers with a great opportunity to build their future talent base. They are particularly helpful in areas where skills are in short supply.

Munden went on to add that Unilever UK wanted to contribute to reviving the UK economy and helping a “lost generation” enter the national workforce. Youth unemployment is among the top challenges to ensuring sustainable livelihoods. People who remain unemployed for an extended period in their youth have worse job prospects later in life. Apprenticeships are a great way to kill two birds with one stone: give young people a good start in their career journey and secure the nation’s future talent base, Munden said.

Commenting on this story, Stephen Smyth spokesman for #Apprentice Training provider ATG Training said: This is the time of year when young people’s thoughts turn to the future as they anxiously await their exam results.  For many, going to uni seems to be the only option available.  But today, apprenticeships are serious contenders when it comes to choosing a career, and there is a wealth of opportunities available which can be seen on the Apprenticeship Vacancies site www.atgapprenticeships.com.

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Skills Funding Agency Announces Results Of Q3 Review

The Skills Funding Agency has published the results of its third-quarter performanceATG_trainees_270613 (2) review, confirming that it has funded in full all apprenticeship requests. The agency pointed out in its statement that the outcome showed its commitment to serving the best interests of learners and employers and helping the UK government achieve its goals for further education and skills.

The third-quarter review showed that all funding requests for 16-18 Apprenticeships were granted, as were those for 19+ Apprenticeships where employers had met in full their funding obligations. For apprentices aged between 19 and 24, the government covers half of the training costs and employers are expected to contribute the rest.

The Skills Funding Agency announced that it would provide an additional £12 million in the 2012/2013 contract year in support of adult apprenticeships. The extra amount allocated for 16-18 apprenticeships stands at £6.4 million. These increases will be consolidated in the Maximum Contract Values (MCVs) for the next contract year. The agency also confirmed that providers’ contract values support funding for English and maths qualifications for every learner currently participating in an apprenticeship programme.

Aside from the aforementioned additional funds, the agency will distribute £7.7 million among providers with a track record of helping unemployed young people secure jobs. This allocation will not be consolidated into MCVs for the 2013/2014 contract year.

As of this August, the Skills Funding Agency will no longer contribute to the training costs of 24+ apprentices enrolled in advanced or higher apprenticeship programmes. It will be up to employers and trainees to cover the costs, with expectations that each party will contribute a portion of the necessary amount.


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Opening Doors Campaign Seeks To Level Playing Field For Young Job Seekers

UK companies of all sizes are being called upon to make jobs available to young peopleATG Apprenticeships from all walks of life. This appeal is at the core of the Opening Doors campaign launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has partnered with entrepreneur James Caan for the initiative. The aim is to ensure fair and open access to job opportunities for all talented young Britons, helping them on the way to their chosen career through the provision of work experience, internships and apprenticeships.

Reporting the news on its website, the National Apprenticeship Service said that more than 150 major UK companies had already joined the initiative. They have pledged to open their doors to any deserving young person regardless of his or her social background. As part of the campaign, Clegg has also asked Caan to set up the Opening Doors Award. Caan will do that together with Peter Searle, chief executive of leading UK recruiter Adecco Group. Caan and Searle will act as judges and the awards will be handed out later this year, recognising companies that have done exceptional work in levelling the playing field for all young Britons in search of work opportunities.

Judging by the findings of a YouGov survey, Opening Doors is definitely needed. Conducted for the campaign, the research produced results indicating that young Britons from underprivileged backgrounds find it harder to access work opportunities in the industry of their choice. Among representatives of higher social grades, 33% of people aged 16 to 25 said they were already working in their chosen industry. However, this applied to only 5% of young Brits in lower social grades.

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