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Majority of parents 'prefer apprenticeships over university'

The Bank of Scotland research, in partnership with YouGov, found 36% favour on-the-job training.

A majority of Scots parents believe apprenticeships are more valuable for career prospects than a university education, according to a survey.

The Bank of Scotland research, conducted in partnership with YouGov, found 36% favour on-the-job training and 33% think higher education is a good idea.

However, respondents aged between 18 and 24 are more optimistic about university, with 47% saying they believe it is a good option despite the costs.

Only 19% believe on-the-job training would provide better career prospects.

Ricky Diggins, director at Bank of Scotland, said: "While a university education has traditionally been seen as a gateway into the world of work, and remains popular, alternative career paths such as apprenticeships and training can be as effective and are growing fast - and don't come with the hefty price tag.

"For those about to embark on further studies, it's important to be open with family about money, as having trusted support and guidance really helps, particularly when it comes to managing tight student budgets."

The study found 38% of those going to university will rely on a student loan, just under a third expect to use savings, and only 7% will use a bank loan or overdraft.

More than a third of students - 38% - plan to work part-time while studying to help meet their educational costs.

Views about further education differ across the generations, with just 6% of over-55s thinking university is a financially viable option.

That generation is also the most likely to believe that on-the-job training provides better career prospects for young people, at 38%.


Hospitality Apprenticeship Week announced for 5-9 August 2019

From Monday 5th – Friday 9th August, the Hospitality Sector with the support of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will be running its very first industry-focussed apprenticeship week. This inaugural event aims to provide a fresh opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships in the sector and to bring the whole hospitality community together to showcase the positive differences that apprenticeships can make to individuals, to their employers and the wider economy.

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The hospitality industry offers some of the most exciting, diverse and rewarding careers in the U.K. It is the 3rd largest sector, employing more than 3.2 million people across every community and it continues to grow. With forecasts identifying the need for an additional 1 million employees over the next two years, we need to consider how these new recruits will be sourced.

Coupled with this, the U.K. Government recently launched its first tourism-sector deal, designed to prepare the country for an expected increase of 9 million visitors per year. Part of the deal will support the creation of an additional 10,000 apprenticeships for people building careers in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

In terms of the age profile of our apprentices, as an industry we currently go against the wider trend; a significant number of people aged 24 and over are on an apprenticeship scheme in hospitality with fewer from the 16-18 age group, compared to other sectors. This identifies an opportunity for the hospitality sector to come together and engage more with school and college leavers to compete as a career choice. In doing this, we hope to highlight the multiple career opportunities for younger generations looking to enter the hospitality sector and make waves to not only lower the skills gap but also build the workforce of tomorrow.

The Aims of Hospitality Apprenticeship Week

To showcase career opportunities to school leavers (16-18 year-olds) who will be awaiting their exam results in August, while also encouraging more employers in the hospitality sector to offer apprenticeships and recruit at entry-level, straight from school or college:

  • Educate – show what an apprenticeship looks like in hospitality and showcase its benefits (with the intention of more school leavers recognising hospitality as a career choice and more employers seeing the benefits of apprenticeships)
  • Engage – enable the younger generation to understand what the hospitality sector has to offer and that there are many significant and exciting career opportunities (more school leavers seeing the opportunity for a career in hospitality, to help employers with recruitment for the future)
  • Employ – share actual job opportunities and bring more people on to apprenticeships or into the sector (more schools leavers coming into the industry, either direct from school or moving from a part-time role and making the decision to join full-time as an apprentice).

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#NCW2019 Pledge Campaign - 4th - 9th of March 2019



Make your pledge for National Careers Week 2019 here!

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important points in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a more need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education. National Careers Week is a great platform to inform and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work.

National Careers Week takes place between the 4th and 9th of March 2019, encouraging education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities.

In preparation for next year’s National Careers Week we are encouraging individuals and organisations to make their pledge using the hashtag #NCW2019.

Pledges could include the following:

  • A career focused lesson
  • Promote and get involved with #NCW2019
  • Arrange to visit a local School, College, Training Provider or University
  • Leaders – free up staff time to get involved with #NCW2019
  • Giving an insight in your career area
  • Supporting Careers Events
  • Career insights and talks
  • Providing Work experience

Or alternatively make your own pledge.

We believe in the power of Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance as a driver of change within society, improving life choices and empowering people to take control of their future. All it takes is a pledge, a commitment to provide an insight or opportunity. If we all make a pledge, we passionately believe by working together we can make a real difference in 2019 and beyond.

If you’d like NCW2019 to make you a pledge card, click here