Apprenticeships remain obscured in schools

Posted on 25 Jan 2013 by Jane Gray
Mike Ridler from By Design taking part in a Tomorrow’s Engineers activity with Small Heath School pupils
School children need to be better exposed to vocational education and qulaification options at school.

Following this week’s report on careers guidance for young people from the Education Committee Semta’s CEO Sarah Sillars responds.

The detail of the Education Committee’s report Careers guidance for young people: the impact of new duty on schools, can be found here.

Sarah Sillars, Chief Executive, Semta

Fewer than ten per cent of 14-15 year old students could name apprenticeships as a potential future choice in a recent survey. It’s clear that action is needed to help young people consider the full range of vocational as well as academic options.

So Semta welcomes the Education Committee’s report and agrees whole-heartedly that independent careers advice and guidance has never been as important for young people as it is today.

Working with the UK’s advanced manufacturing and engineering employers, we know that in many cases young people have very outdated perceptions of our sector. The reality is that engineering and manufacturing are crying out for talent: 82,000 engineers, scientists and technologists need to be recruited before 2016.

Semta not only provides expert advice, we can also provide £1,000 grants for SMEs who hire an unemployed graduate for at least 12 weeks and we can access funding to help train apprentices.

Driving Skills Development in the Workforce

The Manufacturer is hosting an event in London on 26 February, 2013 looking at how to address the issues such as engaging with further education facilities and up-skilling and retaining your current human capital.

Speaking at the event will be Lynn Tomkins, UK Operations Director for Semta one of the largest Sector Skills Councils, representing 130,000 companies in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering sector. Lynn is passionate about helping employers recruit graduates, apprentices and up skilling their workforce.

Click here fore more information on the event.

Young people, who get the right advice, will find an enormous range of opportunities in engineering and manufacturing. Semta is helping to hire graduates and apprentices now into well-paid, developmental and stimulating careers, often at theUK’s technological forefront.