A new government brings the promise of new apprenticeships!

conservative-partyOn Thursday 7 May 2015, 66.1% of people eligible to vote in the UK turned out to see the Conservatives soar to victory with a majority parliament – but what will this mean for apprenticeships?

We’ve taken a look at the Conservative Party manifesto (a public declaration of policy and aims – issued before the General Election) to see what the newly-formed government may have in store for apprenticeships over the next five years – and how these proposals might affect young people and employers!

More apprenticeship opportunities
Having already secured 2.2 million apprenticeships in the last five years, the Conservative party look set to introduce another 3 million apprenticeships across the UK – giving even more people the opportunity to gain qualifications and work experience whilst earning a wage.

Backing British businesses
The government are in full support of backing British businesses – ensuring Britain is the best place to start up a business. One aim proposed is to help UK businesses to introduce more apprenticeships with independent companies and start-ups, to enable companies to grow new talent or upskill their current employees.

Helping to abolish long-term youth unemployment
The government plan to target long-term youth unemployment with better options for young people leaving school. There are plans to offer better careers advice and routes into work experience and apprenticeships, with apprenticeships providing valuable opportunities for young people to get into work and continue their learning fresh out of school.

Helping specific sectors with the introduction of more apprenticeships
The government will continue to champion local farmers and food producers, by trebling the number of apprenticeships available in food, farming and agri-tech; helping to pave the way for new opportunities for people looking to get into this industry, and injecting new talent and skills into the sector.

Providing quality apprenticeships at degree-level
The government plan to do away with low-level classroom-based Further Education in favour of high-quality apprenticeships which combine training with work experience.
More degree apprenticeship opportunities will be rolled out to combine world-class degrees with a world-class apprenticeship!

So there you have it! With more opportunities in more sectors, new levels of qualifications and benefits for both employers and young people – apprenticeships look set to continue to play an important role in the UK jobs market! Employers can look forward to new talent, new skills and a reduction in NIC contributions, while young people can enjoy increased opportunities and the opportunity to study up to degree-level, whilst still earning.

Looking for an apprenticeship? We have plenty of opportunities to apply for on our website. Our vacancies can be found across England and Wales – and cover a range of sectors from business admin to warehousing. 
Find a vacancy today by visiting www.visionapprentices.co.uk or by calling 0800 121 8317.

*Information gathered from https://www.conservatives.com/manifesto

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