QA Apprenticeships’ response to PM David Cameron’s plans to boost apprenticeships and transform training
SLOUGH, UK – August 21, 2015 – QA Apprenticeships, the UK’s leading IT and business apprentice training provider, has today responded to David Cameron’s plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships and give businesses a say on how they are run.
“We wholeheartedly support Mr Cameron’s plans to boost the number of quality apprenticeships across the UK,” said Ben Pike, Director, QA Apprenticeships, “At QA we specialise in placing apprentices in high-tech roles and we work very closely with employers to ensure we teach the digital skills that businesses actually want.”
Recent research commissioned by QA has highlighted that 80% of school students knew little or nothing about apprenticeships yet, 74% of secondary school children “would consider” pursuing one. The research also highlights the importance of more inclusive careers advice, with girls indicating they were four times less likely to consider the idea of a technology apprenticeship than boys.
“Our research shows conclusively that, without schools improving their careers advice, many school leavers could miss out on the fantastic apprenticeship opportunities being offered by employers,” emphasised Pike, “We call for the government to ensure that schools’ careers advisors realise and promote the fact that apprenticeships today offer a very real alternative to a degree.”
To overcome this widespread knowledge deficit, QA have committed to expanding their schools’ outreach programme across the UK to give students a fuller knowledge of the career opportunities within the rapidly growing tech sector.
Over 5,000 apprentices have been placed into industry by QA in the space of five years. The company plans to reach the milestone of 10,000 by next year with the launch of their country-wide #10KinTech campaign, an initiative that supports the government’s target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, and has already galvanised the support of EE, HP, Microsoft and NotGoingToUni.co.uk.
QA Apprenticeships takes school leavers from GCSE level right through to degree level, all whilst in work and earning. 94% of their apprentices go on to full-time employment. The company teaches the very latest digital techniques and technologies, with Ofsted assessing them as ‘outstanding’ and describing their programmes as ‘world-class’.
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