Apprenticeships are being seen as the natural next step for many, claim experts at CWT Chamber Training.
More young people are planning earlier for life after full-time education, according to a leading deliverer of apprenticeships in Coventry and Warwickshire.
CWT Chamber Training has trained more than 1,600 apprentices with 538 employers in the past year and say there are still a high number of vacancies for apprentices within businesses and other organisations in the area.
Speaking during National Apprenticeship Week, Sally Lucas, executive director of CWT, said the organisation had already placed young people leaving school this summer into apprenticeship jobs.
She said: "There certainly seems to have been a shift in mindset and we are seeing more young people plan early for their future. It's a case of not simply waiting to finish school and seeing what's out there, some young people are looking to see the opportunities available to them now, several months before they leave.
"National Apprenticeship Week was a great way to highlight to young people and their parents what opportunities there are and I believe we have made great headway over recent years in promoting apprenticeships as a great starting point in a career.
"The fact that more young people are planning ahead, seems to bear that out. More and more, apprenticeships are being seen as the natural next step for many young people.
"Around half of the 1,609 apprentices we have trained in the past year were at advanced or higher level which really does show the value that employers place in developing individuals up and beyond the foundation levels of their roles.
"Apprenticeships also give young people the chance to really stand out to an employer. We've recently presented one of our apprentices with an Achieving Excellence Award where they have gone beyond the standards required for their qualifications and have demonstrated high performance. This, in turn, enhances their career profile.
"So we are certainly seeing apprenticeships grow in popularity and credibility, which is great news for young people and employers."
Original article on Coventry Telegraph
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