Saturday 24 June 2017

Taking another route to a career of the future

Apprenticeships in areas such as finance and insurance could prove to be more attractive to some students and their parents. Stock image
Apprenticeships in areas such as finance and insurance could prove to be more attractive to some students and their parents. Stock image

John Walshe

Too many parents are obsessed with getting their children into college to the exclusion of alternative training or education options. Record numbers of applications for college places have already been lodged before next Monday's CAO deadline, fuelling fears that the entry 'points' will rise again next autumn.

But there are other routes to a rewarding career - as a timely report launched yesterday reminded us. The new National Skills Strategy sets a very ambitious target of 50,000 apprenticeship and traineeship places between now and the end of the decade. Other countries have a well-developed and high status apprenticeship/vocational track and it's about time we did as well.

Up until now, apprenticeships were concentrated mainly in the construction sector.

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