Schools, colleges and universities aren’t making enough young people "world-ready", let alone "work-ready" and by the time they come to employers like me they may be hungry for a job, but they don’t often have the real skills they need to enter the workplace no matter how many bits of paper they bring after passing their exams.
It has been estimated that by 2022 there will be 2.5m job openings for engineers in the UK, but there are truly big business benefits of apprentices to help turn that prediction around for the better.
It's National Apprenticeship Week, so here are five ways British businesses can get future-proofing apprenticeships.
National Apprenticeship Week offers the chance for small business bosses to consider implementing a scheme of their own. But since the announcement of the National Living Wage and the apprenticeship levy, many SMEs are concerned about taking the leap.
As National Apprenticeship Week kicks off across Britain to champion the career pathway, Real Business has revealed the UK leaders whose journeys to enterprise greatness started off with apprenticeships.
With the awareness week now in its ninth year, National Apprenticeship Week is a great time for those with less knowledge on the process to find out how it can benefit their company in a number of different ways – as well as super-charge the economy.
Steve Hill, director of external engagement at The Open University, outlines the priorities at the heart of the apprenticeships debate.
Small and medium-sized enterprises should do more to help the young unemployed according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
As National Apprenticeship Week 2015 draws to an end, it's been revealed that 23,000 new apprentice positions have been promised from employers including Microsoft, Halfords, the Royal Air Force, British Airways, Greene King, Boots and more.
During an apprenticeship event at the House of Commons, British Chambers of Commerce president Nora Senior revealed her career started in roof tiling and offered research from the BCC and also what its plans are to encourage companies to “safeguard” young talent and avoid extinction.
Real Business was invited along to the House of Commons on 10 March to soak up the buzz around this year's National Apprenticeship Week. With the event just one of 600 held across the week, its focus was on where apprentices fit into SME operations, advising entrepreneurs and small firms in the pavilion how they can embrace the recruitment strategy.
The government's three-year trailblazer qualification, designed to ensure a higher level of apprenticeships, allows young people to achieve a level six apprenticeship, equivalent to an undergraduate university degree. Barclays is the first company to take advantage of it.