Without doubt there is huge opportunity for those that choose vocational pathways to work – especially an apprenticeship in engineering.
The scope of opportunity within the engineering sphere is limitless. Everything outside of nature has been engineered. Mankind has an enduring drive to improve and advance, which requires agile minds and technical expertise. With around 182,000 new engineers needed each year until 2022, job prospects within the sector remain strong. And salaries are pretty impressive by national standards too.
Our research shows that earning and learning with an apprenticeship makes a significant difference to an individual's career prospects and financial stability. Whilst many taking the academic route can be £90,000 in debt at the end of the process, qualified apprentices are buying cars, holidays and saving for house deposits. What's more, undertaking an Apprenticeship doesn't preclude the chance to gain a degree – how many young people are aware of this, I wonder?
That said, there is some fantastic work being done to change perceptions and focus minds. Let's take the Industry Apprentice Council for example. This group of passionate, committed apprentices is flying the flag for engineering Apprenticeships – garnering support at the highest levels and making their voice heard through speaker opportunities and media coverage. The recent IAC annual survey elicited responses from over 1,500 apprentices – further demonstrating the enthusiasm of apprentices to share their experiences. The findings will be shared in the coming weeks and I'm sure will make interesting reading.