David Cameron has pledged to make it the “new norm” for school leavers to take an apprenticeship or go to university.
The Prime Minister wants the country to follow Germany’s lead where work-based training sits alongside higher education as the automatic options considered by teenagers when they finish their exams.
During a visit to a training academy in Buckinghamshire to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week, Mr Cameron called on employers, schools and training providers, and his own ministers to expand apprenticeship opportunities for young people.
Mr Cameron said: “Apprenticeships are at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy, giving young people the chance to learn a trade, to build their careers, and create a truly world-class, high-skilled workforce that can compete and thrive in the fierce global race we are in.
“There are record numbers of people taking up an apprenticeship, with a million starting one in the last few years. And as our drive to reform and strengthen apprenticeships, raising standards and making them more rigorous and responsive to the needs of employers – means that an apprenticeship is increasingly seen as a first choice career move”.
“But we need to challenge ourselves to go even further, that is why I want it to be the new norm for young people to either go to university or into an apprenticeship. We need to look at how we can expand apprenticeship opportunities so that they are available to all young people who are ready and eager to take them up, and aspire to get ahead in life.”
Source: Sky News