By 2016, about 82,000 workers in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector will have retired. This means that UK companies are looking at a huge skills gap but it also opens up great career opportunities for young people who are just embarking on their professional journey. They can make the first step by signing up for an apprenticeship, availing themselves of the chance to obtain valuable skills while earning money, as Semta points out.
There has never been a better time to become an apprentice for young Britons with five A-C grades in their GCSEs, among them English, Maths and Science, according to the UK sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing. In a statement posted on notgoingtouni.co.uk, Semta also notes that apprentices can still obtain a degree while working, without attending university full-time.
Beth Sherbourne has a lot to say on the subject. She used to be a part-time employee in a supermarket and planned on going to university. However, she reconsidered after seeing many people her age return to their previous jobs despite getting university degrees. Beth decided to become an apprentice at missile systems company MBDA and has been richly rewarded for her choice. During her four-year training period she obtained high-level academic qualifications and MBDA has appointed the 22-year-old as a senior procurement officer. Beth says she strongly recommends apprenticeships to young people, pointing out that her training has delivered amazing benefits. In addition to earning money and getting valuable work experience, the apprenticeship has also given her a massive confidence boost and opened many doors for her.
Stephen Smyth – Marketing Manager at ATG Training commented: Beths story is not unusual. I have seen many young people gain valuable skills and achieving higher qualifications whilst earning a good salary on Engineering Apprenticeships. There are companies seeking Apprentices all the time, so now it a particularly good time to register and set your prefences for Apprenticeship vacancies on www.atgapprenticeships.com