Apprentice adviser backs ‘One by 2020’

David Cameron’s apprenticeship adviser has backed a campaign to encourage every school in the UK to hire at least one apprentice.

Nadhim Zahawi has pledged his backing to the National Schools Training’s ‘One by 2020’ campaign, which has as its centerpiece the goal of getting at least one apprentice into every school in the UK. “The One by 2020 campaign is doing so much to expand awareness about the range of roles apprentices can take up in the school workforce,” Zahawi said.

“As the government asks the public sector to play their part in meeting the three million apprenticeship target, it is abundantly clear the role schools can play towards this goal. As the lifeblood of our communities, where better to demonstrate the value of employing and being an apprentice, than in schools.”

The campaign launch highlighted some of the progress already made, including:

  • With over 1,000 schools currently taking part in National Schools Training’s programme, the average school hires an average of 2.7 apprentices.
  • National Schools Training have over 600 apprentices due to start in schools in September 2016, up from 150 in September 2015. Forecasts suggest that over 200 schools each month will join the National School Apprenticeship programme in the academic year 2016/17.
  • In January 2016 there were 2,147 apprentices on the NST programme, compared to 1,326 in 2015 – an increase of more than 60%.
  • Some frameworks, particularly those undertaken by 16-18 year olds, have exceptional success rates – of up to 95%.