Primary school scheme to promote apprenticeships
The workforce of tomorrow could be better informed about options for vocational training thanks to a scheme aiming to raise awareness of apprenticeships among primary school pupils.
Launched in London on Monday, the initiative will see apprentices from a range of sectors act as ambassadors to go into schools and talk about their experiences.
It is part of the Government’s efforts to help create an additional three million apprenticeships by the end of the current parliament in four years’ time.
Apprenticeships provide a great way to learn essential skills on the job in areas such as construction while also earning a wage.
By forming closer links between schools and working life, it is hoped the scheme will show youngsters how their lessons relate to life outside the classroom.
A further aim is to break down gender stereotypes that can often stop young people choosing to pursue careers in certain industries.
This has also been seen with schemes aiming to encourage young people to embark on careers in construction and engineering – industries traditionally seen as male-dominated.
The latest initiative was launched by the Government’s Skills Funding Agency together with Primary Futures, a charity set up to help inspire young people to achieve their full potential.
It comes after new legislation was unveiled by the Department for Education aiming to promote knowledge of all the different ways to gain top-level skills.
Under the proposals, schools would be required to work with colleges to promote training options including higher and degree apprenticeships.
Nadhim Zahawi, the Prime Minister’s apprenticeship adviser and MP for Stratford-on-Avon, announced the scheme at the Mayflower Primary School in London.
He said: “It’s so important for primary school children to meet with apprentices and I was delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with this.
“Many of us develop our idea of a dream job while we’re at primary school, and apprenticeships are a great way of achieving these dreams.
“As the government seeks to hit the target of 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020, school pupils should be aware of future options they have from a young age, so they’re familiar with the system and what the possibilities are as they shape their future.”
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