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‘Pitiful’ figures cast doubt over apprenticeship target

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Dec 21, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Apprenticeships at companies such as Jaguar are in high demand. The real problem is that the term apprenticeship has become somewhat devalued.

    My local Aldi store now advertises apprenticeships together with their rates of pay. This is great for Aldi as the rates seem lower than when they used to advertise jobs. This also locks them into lower pay for several years as they take several years to learn how to stack a shelf and use a till.

    Many providers don't organise apprenticeships in what the economy needs but go for retail placements as this increases their profits. I'm afraid it has become a bit of a racket in which peoples real needs are ignored.

    www.theguardian.com/education/2015/oct/26/apprenticeships-are-no-good-unless-done-well.

    www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/sophie-jamieson/11938409/Sir-Michael-Wilshaw-End-apprenticeships-for-making-coffee-and-cleaning-floors.html.

    Sorry about the second link...
     
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  3. sirspamalotless

    sirspamalotless Occasional commenter

    Apprenticeships are now designed to keep the non-Eton, poorly educated, poorly behaved masses who failed in an ill secondary education system off the streets on the cheap rather than provide a real pathway to a skilled profession. In the days of yore, working in a shop was something you could learn in a matter of weeks. So how come what is essentially shelf stacking and operating a till has become an apprenticeship? How come being a receptionist requires you to be an apprentice? How come fitting tyres requires apprenticeship training?

    Blurring being trained to do a low-skill job with apprenticeships is the root of the problem.
     
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  4. itgeek

    itgeek New commenter

    A one year course with a training provider and some work experience sounds rather like the old YTS to me not like an indentured 5 year apprenticeship with a company studying day release to ONC or HNC that gave the opportunity of an industry wide training. That said not much industry is left.
     
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  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    What @sirspamalotless said.

    An apprenticeship should teach someone to master a difficult skill to a high standard. Shop jobs and the like are just employers jumping on the bandwagon to help themselves, might as well let primary schools offer degrees.
     
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