Lancashire TelegraphAppeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Appeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: Appeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire Appeal to back apprenticeships in East Lancashire

EDUCATIONAL figures are urging parents to explore ‘all the options’ over fears not enough parents support apprenticeships.

It comes amid claims children in East Lancashire are being told they are ‘too clever’ to take vocational qualifications.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, the government’s Apprenticeship Ambassador to Business, said he urged parents to be more open minded.

The latest figures show that both apprenticship places, and applications, are rising.

The National Apprenticeships Service has seen vacancies increase 24 per cent and the number of people applying for places rise by 43 per cent this year, including many more female applicants.

However only 27 per cent of parents say they find a vocational education worthwhile according to a study by the Edge Foundation.

Mr Birtwistle said: “In my role as an apprenticeship ambassador I have seen it happen too many times. Children are blocked from taking up vocational studies by this prejudice.

“I have met many successful people who started as an apprentice and they were all told they were too clever.

“This idea that only the less intelligent take up these roles is so outdated. If you take on an apprenticeship, very often your firm will pay for you to go to university as well. It is the smart route. One apprentice who ended up in a very successful engineering role had to go around both her school and parents because they were so were opposed. Apprentices like this, who are smart and determined, are heroes.”

Chairman of Blackburn Colllege’s board Sir Bill Taylor said parents should not make fast conclusions.

He said: “It is a much more competitive world and the right qualifications make all the difference. Children are leaving university with mountains of debt.

“If the right career is a vocational one for that particular person, it can be a very successful route”.

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7:30am Wed 12 Feb 14

Boomchick says...

My lad was interviewed for the Rolls Royce engineering apprenticeship scheme 2 years ago and the majority of applicants were engineering graduates who after 2 years of A levels and a 3 year degree were applying for the same job as a 16 year old.
My son loves his apprenticeship, he's flying high, earning good money, has a guaranteed job at the end of it and his employers have said that because he is achieving good marks they will pay for him to continue through his degree.
A good apprenticeship is definitely an alternative to a A levels.
My lad was interviewed for the Rolls Royce engineering apprenticeship scheme 2 years ago and the majority of applicants were engineering graduates who after 2 years of A levels and a 3 year degree were applying for the same job as a 16 year old. My son loves his apprenticeship, he's flying high, earning good money, has a guaranteed job at the end of it and his employers have said that because he is achieving good marks they will pay for him to continue through his degree. A good apprenticeship is definitely an alternative to a A levels. Boomchick
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8:58am Wed 12 Feb 14

caballo says...

Paying the price for the education system demonising apprenticeships for the last two decades.
Whilst we're at it, an apprenticship is time served to a trade whilst learning that skill, it's not any job given to a school leaver as appears to be the current vogue.
Paying the price for the education system demonising apprenticeships for the last two decades. Whilst we're at it, an apprenticship is time served to a trade whilst learning that skill, it's not any job given to a school leaver as appears to be the current vogue. caballo
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