With the economy beginning to bounce back, it has been good to see the number of people starting apprenticeships in England higher in 2022 than in 2021, up 43% from the same period in last year.
As a growing Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), Adult Education Budget, employability and apprenticeships provider, at Forward we can see how apprenticeships help individuals to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours to support them towards a rewarding career.
Apprenticeships can improve social mobility
According to the Social Mobility Commission, ‘apprenticeships are one of the few indisputably effective tools of social mobility currently available to the government. There is evidence to confirm the benefits they confer on workplace learners – such as enhanced career earnings, continued education and richer, more fulfilled working lives.’
We are proud that 40% of the apprentices we support as a Real Living Wage employer through the Forward Trust levy have experience of being in recovery, the criminal justice system or unemployment. We support training that allows apprentices to enjoy the benefits of learning whilst earning in addition to a range of other positive advantages. For example, apprentices improve their social capital (building their personal connections and networks), enhance their cultural capital (building confidence in workplace communication) and demonstrate a high level of confidence and aspirations for the future.
However, the Social Mobility Commission identifies gaps for people from disadvantaged backgrounds in employer recruitment and selection for apprenticeship training; the quality or ‘value’ of the training received; the likelihood of completing training and of progressing into higher-level apprenticeships, or high paid jobs.
That is why this National Apprenticeship Week we are urging employers and providers to give amazing learners from all communities and experiences a chance as an apprentice and to offer them the support and guidance they need to succeed and progress from their apprenticeships into rewarding careers.
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