Apprenticeships have “labour market value,” says Hancock

White collar apprenticeships are on the rise!

White collar apprenticeships are on the rise!

Apprenticeships now stand as a popular alternative to university. The Rolls Royce apprenticeship scheme attracts 5,000 applicants for 300 potential positions. Successful candidates earn a wage whilst studying for a degree and gaining valuable work experience. The company do not restrict their apprentices to purely technical roles; The Assembly and Manufacturing Leadership Development Scheme (AMLDS) offers a master’s degree and trains applicants to be future managers.

Despite this, a certain snobbery surrounding the apprenticeship scheme remains, which the coalition has been trying to transform. The overhaul of the apprenticeship system saw 503,000 people taking apprenticeships in 2011/12 which was a rise in 79% compared to the previous year. In fact, now more people take on apprenticeships than university degrees.

Matthew Hancock, skills minister, said: “We are only going to get equality of esteem where there is equality of quality. By putting employers in charge, we will give learners the confidence that their apprenticeships have labour market value”.