A friend of mine recently advertised for an Apprentice to train as a childrens worker. The job would provide training, practical supervision and a paid for diploma.
It was a real shock to find the number of people who applied. The total was……ZERO!!
Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations about apprenticeships and it seems as though while they work in the practical and trades spheres, they are often not attractive to those looking for “professional” roles. Maybe they need to be renamed?
If you offer an Internship, that seems to work well, so maybe there is a need to create a model like (or even identical to) the Apprenticeship model but called something else e.g. an “Approved Internship” or the “National Internship Scheme” – perhaps that could be used to encourage a more structured, paid route into other kinds of work which would be recognised by young people and employers as bringing in people with the right kind of experience and aptitude.
And if you want to find a model for something similar, you don’t have to go far. In Ireland, a scheme already exists – so why not in the UK?