With mounting worries about students being saddled with lifelong debts and as the relevance of many higher education courses is coming under intense scrutiny, apprenticeships are now a firmly established alternative to university as a gateway to fulfilling, well-paid careers.
Seen as a vital source of firepower to the nation’s economic arsenal, they are redressing a skills deficit that has forced businesses to not only compete with each other for orders, but also for a dwindling human resource.
Apprenticeships give employers back control, by nurturing and developing their own talent pools. Managed properly, these greatly expand any company’s skills base and create a committed, able and highly competitive workforce.
NOCN is at the forefront of apprenticeship reforms including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in the UK, working in partnership with employers, FE colleges, training providers and skills experts in Trailblazer groups to develop a range of standards and assessments for new apprenticeships.