Pre-apprenticeships: supporting learners to go the distance

How pre-apprenticeships and traineeships support young people into the world of work

26 June 2013 / Be the first to comment

Thanks to extensive investment from the Government, there are now more apprenticeship opportunities in a growing number of sectors, ranging from digital marketing to horticulture. Apprenticeships offer learning and career opportunities for all young people and play a key role in lifting skill levels in the UK. They also offer clearly defined routes for progression. So it’s no surprise that the number of employers offering apprenticeships and the number of young people applying is on the increase.


Yet figures for 2010/2011 showed that more than 20% of apprentices dropped out and failed to complete the scheme. Understandably this is a cause for some concern and Ofsted is calling for evidence that more is being done by employers, training providers and institutions to support young people to complete their chosen route.

There are different reasons why young people fail to complete apprenticeship - some simply move into other forms of employment or return to full time education. However, if the number of young people applying is on the increase, apprenticeships do need to cater to those who require additional support.

Employers have long voiced this concern and often report that the youngest recruits are not work-ready and have little understanding of workload expectations. The arrival of the Government’s traineeship programme, introduced this August for 16-19-year-olds, is a step in the right direction. Similar to the pre-apprenticeship programmes already on offer, a traineeship helps to prepare young people for their chosen route and give them an insight into the world of work.

Supporting young people to develop workplace skills, knowledge and confidence before they become an apprentice gives them the solid foundation they need to succeed. National Apprentice of the Year in 2011, Shauni O’Neil, says that the foundation it gave her was ‘invaluable.’ Shauni is now a station supervisor for Transport for London – the youngest female station supervisor ever.

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