Apprentice winner predicts apprentice placements to double over the next five years

Tim Campbell MBE, winner of the first series of BBC One’s The Apprentice and now head of client services for emerging talent at Alexander Mann Solutions, a talent acquisition and management services company, has predicted that the popularity of apprentices will continue with vigour over the next few years.

Speaking in a recent interview with Recruiter, Cambell predicted that the number of people placed into apprentice roles in the UK could potentially double over the next five years, as companies around the UK recognise the benefits of employing and training up young people.

Campbell commented: “I predict that in, say, five years’ time we are going to have maybe 1m people taken on by apprenticeship places.

“Although London is seen maybe as the flagship ‘poster boy’, and yes, the vast majority [of apprenticeships] were in London, you have a great minority which is growing outside London. What we are finding is that brands and organisations which have regional offices and facilities are now opening themselves up to apprentice programme as a viable option to generate a talent call for themselves.

The growing number of apprentices in the country supports Campbell’s claims. Latest figures released by The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Skills Funding Agency revealed that 520,600 people started apprenticeships in 2011-2012.