National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) 2018 starts on 5 March. It’s a time when many people across the UK celebrate apprenticeships, and even more get to understand it.
It’s an important political issue too - the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton recently said that apprenticeships are “a great route into skilled employment and allow people to earn while they learn.”
What is APM doing to help?
We produced our first employer guide to apprenticeships last year and we have just updated this guide.
We have also written our first apprenticeships guide for parents.
Parents and carers are key influencers for young people making career decisions, but many struggle to understand how apprenticeships have changed since they were at school.
Our easy-to-understand guide includes case studies of apprentices from different backgrounds (there’s even a graduate in there). It offers simple comparisons between apprenticeship and university to make those careers conversations easier. Our guide also reveals project management as a first career choice for young people.
In 2018 you will see more apprentice case studies on our site and across social media. These testimonials will reflect the diversity of apprentices, from school leavers to career changers and those gaining new skills in their existing company.
I have set up an APM Apprenticeship Ambassador Network so that we have current and former apprentices presenting to young people about their career journeys. If you want to join this network please email me or for more information about apprenticeships email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another highlight this year will be the launch of a degree apprenticeship in project management, led by Sellafield and supported by a wide range of companies and APM. This type of apprenticeship offers the best of all worlds: a full-time paid role, a professional qualification and a degree – all funded by the employer. Yet only around 20 per cent of parents are aware of them – another reason to produce a helpful guide.
Finally, project management apprentice numbers are growing at a time when the overall apprenticeship numbers are down. That decline is a temporary one, due to the Apprenticeship Levy, and the numbers will rise again. We can feel happy that project management is thriving even at this time.
Read more in our apprenticeship section on our website.