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Apprenticeship – The benefits of employing older apprentices

The evidence firmly suggests those in later life want to continue working. A January YouGov poll showed that around half of non-retired over-50s want to still be working between the ages of 65 and 70, and only 15% of non-retired over-50s said they would want to stop work altogether between ages 60 and 65. “If … Continue reading

UK – 11% of parents say their children are “too clever” to do apprenticeships

Major findings of the report include: – Parents are the greatest influence on students’ career decisions – Only 40% of parents understand the meaning of a Higher Apprenticeship – 11% of parents/guardians believe that their children are “too clever for an apprenticeship or school leaver programme” – 96.5% of teachers are aware of university as … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s on Apprenticeship – $1,500 for hiring an apprentice

Hillary Clinton, unveiling the latest plank of her policy platform, on Wednesday will call for a new tax credit to benefit companies that hire people as apprentices. The proposal will be debuted during a campaign swing through South Carolina and, in a bit of political gamesmanship, builds off a proposal from one of the Palmetto … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in US – A strong intermediary is key to a strong program report finds

As detailed in the recent Center for American Progress report, “Training for Success: A Policy to Expand Apprenticeships in the United States,” apprenticeship is a workforce-training model that combines on-the-job training with classroom- based instruction and has been proven to benefit employers, employees, and the overall economy. Apprenticeships allow businesses to meet the growing demand … Continue reading

Apprenticeships in UK – 57 per cent said that it makes ‘very employable’, more than History, English or Foreign Languages degree

A degree is no longer the golden ticket to a career it once was and with increased tuition fees it’s an expensive way to find out what you don’t want to be. Encouragingly, in research just released by the Edge Foundation and City & Guilds, it is clear that parents are making the connection between … Continue reading

A Career in Finance – For school leavers ?

What advice would you give to a school leaver interested in a career in finance who is unsure of whether or not to go to university? There are a lot of routes into a career in finance and a degree is just one of them. It’s certainly no longer the only option. Many of the … Continue reading

IT skills gap in UK – A growing interest in alternatives to university education like apprenticeship

There is also a growing interest in alternatives to university education, both from an employer and student perspective. In March 2014, to tie in with National Apprenticeship week, companies including BT, ITV and Virgin Media announced apprenticeship schemes, creating a total of 20,000 openings for apprentices. Mark Ridley, director of IT at online recruiter, said … Continue reading

Canada – Apprenticeship up 6.8% in 2012

Apprenticeship training programs across Canada received 104,280 new registrations and reinstatements in 2012, up 6.8% from 2011. This marked the highest number of new registrations and reinstatements individuals who were reinstated in 2012 after a year or more of absence since the beginning of the economic downturn in 2008. Total registrations in apprenticeship training programs across Canada increased 4.3% from 2011 to 444,672 in 2012. New registrations in Red … Continue reading

Close the Skills Gap in US – Why are apprenticeships in decline?

Apprenticeships can offer a precise match between the skills employers want and the training workers receive, says Robert Lerman, an economics professor at American University. “It’s a great model for transferring skills from one generation to the next,” says John Ladd, director of the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. Nevertheless, according to the Labor … Continue reading

Can Germay’s Dual System work in Canada ?

Last month, I was very fortunate to be included in a study tour of the German dual-system of education and training led by Minister Kenney. He invited CFIB and several other provincial, business and union officials to look at Germany’s successes in vocational training and to determine if there are any lessons for Canada.  To … Continue reading

Apprenticeship / What employers look for

 The main thing employers are looking for in young people is a passion for their chosen industry, and their company. After all, they can train you in their systems, processes and knowledge specific to a role, but they can’t give you genuine interest and enthusiasm or a willingness to work hard for them. These need … Continue reading

Apprenticeship in UK / Dominated by older workers and existing employees says an expert

 Most apprenticeships offered by UK employers are given to existing members of staff, making it harder for young people to get on the schemes, an expert said yesterday. Speaking at a Work Foundation conference on skills in London, Lizzie Crowley, senior researcher at the Work Foundation, said: “Around 80% of apprenticeships go to existing members … Continue reading

National Apprenticeship Week in UK – Vocational education as equal to academic qualifications

 National Apprenticeship Week is a time to commend the achievements of apprentices and politicians have led the way with warm words about the work that apprentices do. One theme already this week has been the need to ensure that vocational education is seen as equal to, rather than second fiddle to, academic qualifications. The University … Continue reading

Canada / Could Germany’s “dual system” training work ?

In Canada, by contrast, apprenticeships are generally limited to the skilled trades—carpenters, electricians, pipefitters and the like—and attract a much older crowd with “significant” labour market experience, according to a 2011 Statistics Canada study. Only about half of the more than 400,000 registered apprentices will actually complete their programs, with studies attributing the low success … Continue reading

Atlantic Canada / 10 Apprenticeship programs being harmonized

Within the next four years, the project will harmonize 10 trades across the four provinces beginning with bricklayers, cooks, instrumentation and control technicians and construction electricians Continue reading

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