Apprenticeships Can Ease the Transition Between Education and Employment, Says Perspective
Posted: Friday 03 August, 2012
As the class of 2012 receives their diplomas, they are being confronted with bleak news regarding their job prospects, such as figures recently released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) that indicated 20,000 graduates of the class of 2011 are still unemployed. Perspective, a leading developer of apprentice monitoring software, believes that this tough economic climate can be successfully addressed by raising awareness and enrolment in apprenticeship programmes.
In addition to people still looking for work after graduating, another 10,720 graduates have been forced by necessity to accept roles for which they are overqualified or that do not require a degree. The report also noted a significant rise in the number of graduates working without pay by volunteering for charities or through unpaid work experience programmes. Of all the employed graduates polled, four per cent stated that they were undertaking unpaid work, which is an increase of 23 per cent over the previous year.
Paul Davis, managing director of student management system provider Perspective, commented: "These latest employment figures for recent graduates, combined with increasing tuition fees for higher education, highlight a few of the many difficult conditions currently being faced by those seeking work after completing their degrees. Additionally, many schools have cut funding for career service departments, which are instrumental in helping students make the transition between academia and employment.
"Many businesses, educational organisations, and government bodies are now recognising the value of apprenticeships for creating a bridge between further education and gaining crucial on-the-job experience. Especially in these tough economic times, jobseekers are better served through paid apprenticeship programs that give them work training in their field, rather than languishing for months, and even years, searching for jobs amidst an incredibly competitive atmosphere."
In the past several months, the UK government has initiated several new funding projects acknowledging the important contribution apprenticeships can make to the economy. For example, the Higher Apprenticeship Fund, which is valued at around £25 million, is designed to encourage training providers in fields ranging from aviation to legal services to bolster their programmes by recruiting and managing a greater number of apprentices.