University degree ‘worth less than some apprenticeships’

A university degree is worth less than some apprenticeships, according to a survey which found that most employers would prefer to take on a “higher apprentice” than a graduate.graduation

Qualified apprentices scored four per cent higher on an “employability” scale than university graduates, and 15 per cent higher than the average of all other types of qualification.

People who had completed so-called “higher apprenticeships”, a new scheme which combines on-the-job training with education for school leavers, were considered 25 per cent more employable by a group of 500 employers.

Subjects in which the programme is available include Contact Centre Operations and “Work based learning for Practitioners” along with more traditional courses such as Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The survey was commissioned by the Department for Business as it launched an online guide to higher apprenticeships in 41 subjects which will be available to school leavers this year.

Employers rated on a scale of one to 10 how employable they considered people with a variety of different qualifications to be, with one being the least employable and 10 being the most.

People with higher, or degree-level, apprenticeships scored 7.98 overall while university graduates were ranked second highest with 7.58. The lowest scoring group was people with only GCSEs, who scored 5.14.

Higher apprenticeships allow participants to earn a wage while studying towards a degree-level qualification, and are offered by a range of businesses including management consultancies, public relations firms and science and engineering companies.

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dbda re-brands BMW Education to become BMW Group Education

The Education Programme, which has a long-established commitment to supporting education across the UK, was launched over 17 years ago as part of BMW’s corporate responsibility commitment providing schools with free, curricular-linked and award-winning educational resources covering the themes of Science and Technology (Young Academy), Energy and the Environment (Energised and Clean Energy) and road safety (Safe on the Street).

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Rise in number of apprenticeships

According to a story on the BBC news site, ‘The government has delivered an extra 103,000 apprenticeships over the last year, twice as many as expected, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said.

Sectors such as advanced manufacturing and IT took on more apprentices.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said the government was determined to “break down barriers between academic and vocational learning”.

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The Co-operative Group launches £9m Apprenticeship Academy

Job prospects for young people were boosted yesterday with the launch of The Co-operative Group’s ambitious Apprenticeship Academy which aims to provide some 2,000 jobs to young people over the next three years.

In addition to offering ‘proper jobs with real career opportunities’ whilst based within The Co-operative’s business group (which includes food, pharmacy, motors, legal, financial services, farming and funeral services) , the Academy will provide apprentices with competitive salaries and the opportunity to develop transferrable skills.

“With youth unemployment hitting the highest rate in nearly 20 years and almost one million 16 to 25 year olds out of work, it’s a really tough time to be a young person in Britain, said Group Chief Executive Peter Marks. “We believe businesses have a real responsibility to help motivate and inspire young people by giving them new opportunities to gain the skills, knowledge and experiences to be pioneers for their generation.”

Source: The Co-operative Group, read full story

Nicki, Business Director

Travelodge launch UK’s first budget hotel management programme

Travelodge will be offering 500 management apprenticeships as part of it’s JuMP (Junior Management Programme) scheme and aims to provide a fast track route into management for A-level students.

The scheme, has been developed to support Travelodge’s aggrestive growth strategy and offers school leavers a real alternative to going to university with the opportunity to continue their education, obtain work experience, receive a salary and become a manager by the age of 21.

Guy Parsons, Travelodge CEO commented: “Our nationwide JuMP programme offers school leavers an alternative career choice, to going to university… and the opportunity to earn up to £30,000. In contrast to going to university and graduating with a debt of £43,224 and facing an over crowded jobs market.

Travelodge is the UK’s fastest growing hotel brand and we have an aggressive growth target to have 1,100 hotels by 2025. To fuel this strategy, our JuMP programme will provide a pipeline of new management talent and I am aiming that forty fifty per cent of our new hotels will be managed by our Travelodge apprentices by 2015.”

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Nicki, Business Director, dbda

Government announces funding for 1,000 Green Deal apprenticeships

Interesting announcement from the Government – tackling the economy and creating jobs while investing in sustainability and the ‘green economy’. I think its a great initiative. An excerpt from the news item is below:

“The Government has announced today that it will help fund the training of 1000 apprenticeships as part of its flagship Green Deal programme. The Green Deal, which will come into effect in 2012, will fund energy efficiency measures, including insulation, heating and lighting, to Britain’s homes and businesses. The Government estimates it will support 100,000 jobs by 2015 with the potential to support up to 250,000 longer term.

“The Green Deal is about the future – and it is important we ensure that future generations have the skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities of the green economy. These apprenticeships are a perfect example of how Government and business can work together towards a low carbon future,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

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Today’s apprenticeship announcement has received the backing of leading companies, including B&Q, Carillion, E.ON, British Gas and InstaGroup, which are expecting to benefit from the supply chain opportunities being created by it.”

Full article: http://www.greenwisebusiness.co.uk/news/government-announces-funding-for-1000-green-deal-apprenticeships-2171.aspx

Michelle, Account Manager

Apprenticeships Week: Government backing

7-13 February is ‘Apprenticeships’ week which has received backing from Government –

‘Prime Minister David Cameron gives backing to Apprenticeships’

‘Cable urges more business to say ‘you’re hired’ to an apprentice’

Source: www.apprenticeships.org.uk 

Link: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/About-Us/News/February-2011.aspx

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