IT SEEMS THAT APPRENTICESHIPS SHINE OUT AS BEACONS OF SUCCESS WHATEVER THE ECONOMY IS DOING. CERTAINLY RIGHT NOW THE LATEST FIGURES SHOW THAT APPRENTICESHIPS ARE BECOMING MORE POPULAR WITH BOTH SCHOOL LEAVERS AND EMPLOYERS.
So what’s the secret of their success?
Apprenticeships are a really successful throwback to the past — Britain has a long history of them, going all the way back to the guilds of the Middle Ages, where training was a life-changing commitment. In fact apprenticeships were so important a part of the labour system that official regulation began in Elizabethan times.
In a country with a tradition of artisans and craftspeople the idea of training on the job is well respected and having a trade is — particularly in an age of increased mechanisation and de-skilling — seen as something to be proud of.
At Eurest we’re proud of the opportunities we create, and our parent company Compass Group UK & Ireland has supported over 3,500 apprentices through nationally recognised qualifications in the last three years, ranging from subjects as varied as hospitality supervision, customer service, retail, food and drink, professional cookery, and leadership and management.
When we talk about seizing career opportunities at Eurest and Compass we describe it in terms of encouraging ‘great conversations’, to stimulate our people to discuss their hopes and aspirations for growth with their managers and colleagues. Those conversations can lead to great ideas for specialisation or career progression.
That conversation may begin with an apprenticeship — for example, 16-18 year-olds with a passion for food who want a national qualification can join our Chef’s Academy for the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in professional cookery. Or frontline people looking to develop their skills could take the opportunity to do a work-based Intermediate Apprenticeship related to their specific job role.
At Eurest we actively supporting apprenticeships by running courses and schemes, and every year more and more young people gain a foothold into the industry by joining a course that suits them.
It’s all about one great conversation that could set them up for a lifetime.
National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) 2013, New data confirms Apprenticeships are increasingly popular (online) http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/News-Media/Latest-News/Article231 [Accessed 11 February 2013]