Apprenticeships And The Economy

It’s no secret that unemployment rates are hitting consistently worrying figures. Peaking at 8.8% of the population experts predict that number to hit 10.7% by 2016, the highest level of unemployment since the financial crisis of 1991-1993. These figures are already daunting, and among people aged 16-24 joblessness is actually at a staggering 21%.

Of these huge numbers, one third of them have been out of work for over a year, with around one fifth out of work for over two. This paints a grim picture of a population unable to find work with no reason to expect they ever will. This experience can stick with a person mentally, and having it present in people from a young age is troubling.

The recession is to blame for the high figures, as businesses contract and close in response to their financial woes. There has been a real wage decrease in the past year, and minimum wage increases fail to meet inflation. With this as a backdrop, it comes as no surprise that apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular option for individuals of all ages.

Businesses have embraced them openly. The opportunity to hire cheap labour and avoid risks on expensive new employees has struck a chord, and many companies now work with apprenticeship programmes to offer placements and training to anyone fitting their criteria.

For potential employees the benefits have proven tangible. Though wages begin low, the chance to receive accredited training sets them apart from the rest of the crowd. Considering there are over 400,000 individuals unemployed for over two years, the need to be marketable to employers has never been more essential.

Many businesses take on their apprentices full time. It’s understandable. They receive cheap labour for a set period, and can then hire a full-time employee without having to worry about training or incompetency. A recent apprentice is the most employable type of individual to most businesses, and it’s not surprising that all signs points to the number of apprentices rising substantially.

From 2012 to 2013 the government predicts adult apprenticeships to increase from 305,000 to 650,000, and under 19 year old to grow from 186,000 to 240,000. It’s a clear message. In an economy where your chances of moving straight into full time work are slim, and decreasing by the day as more and more businesses fall foul of financial trouble, an apprenticeship or work placement is the best way to get your foot in the employment door.

With a tiny amount of projected growth for the future, and at least three more years before the economy recovers to 2007 levels, finding an opportunity, any opportunity, to start work has never been more urgent.

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Aerospace Apprenticeships

In an increasingly competitive job market it is essential for students considering higher education to set themselves apart from the crowd and gain qualifications that employers actually want. The Aerospace industry is no different, so if you are looking for a career in manufacturing or maintenance what is the best way to get qualified?

If you are not looking to take the academic route but a more practical approach then you should consider an apprenticeship. Most are aimed at 16 – 24 year olds; however there are some courses available to adults too. Courses can last anything from 1 to 4 years depending on the institution and employer and your time will be split between training on the job and learning at college. Also you can earn while you learn and compared to university, you are unlikely to run up high amounts of debt.

Aerospace apprenticeships are offered through manufacturers such as Airbus or BAE Systems or by maintenance providers such as British Airways or Flybe. Once you have decided what area you want to pursue, you can either contact the companies directly to enquire about available apprenticeships or you can apply through your local college.

There are many training options available and three levels of apprenticeship offered that merge on-the-job training with classroom learning. You will be employed by the chosen company and most of your time will be spent with them learning through a structured programme. You will then be given time to attend college where you will learn the theory to compliment your practical work.

So why chose an apprenticeship? The obvious benefits are the ability to earn a wage while you learn and to get away from a ‘school’ environment. But it will also teach you to work to deadlines and you will gain much more practical experience than most other students. It will also boost your potential employability, with the exact skills employers want. If that wasn’t enough reason, research from the Learning Skills Council has shown that over the lifetime of a career, someone with an apprenticeship can earn £100,000 more than someone who has not completed an apprenticeship.

There are many routes to take including Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Aircraft Maintenance, Avionics or Materials and Manufacturing. You could end up building components or travelling the world inspecting and maintaining aircraft. Whatever route you decide to take an apprenticeship can offer you the experience to do the job you want and to do it well.

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A Guide to Mature Age and Adult Apprenticeships

Retraining in a new career can be daunting for those already in the workforce. It may mean starting again with entry level wages at the bottom of the organisational rung. However, an apprenticeship or traineeship, which enables you to work and be paid while you earn your qualifications, can be a great way to try something different or fulfil a career dream.

What constitutes a mature age apprenticeship?

The terms ‘mature age apprentice’ and ‘adult apprentice’ are often confused. When it comes to apprenticeships and traineeships, the federal government uses ‘adult apprentice’ to mean apprentices and trainees older than 25, and ‘mature age apprentice’ to mean apprentices and trainees who are over 45 years of age. However, many websites, employers and learners use these terms interchangeably.

Are there any benefits to being or hiring an adult or mature age apprentice?

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