Young People And Further Education Or Not
In this country there are over some 60million people, and over 7million of them are pupils at various levels of schools. The one observation that fits every one of these people, is that each and every one of them are different.
Young people are guided by their parents, guardians etc. and absorb views and outlooks from all around them to shape their own characters and their own destinies.
The one thing that initially binds them is the law of the land which deems that they will attend school until the age of 16, and from then the individualities can come to the fore.
There is parental pressure, peer pressure, individual ambition, academic ability and suitability, there are those who cannot focus on a future other than school, those who need to go out into the world and earn money.
There are literally millions of different reasons for young people making different choices for themselves. For many it will simply be a natural progression to go on at school to A levels, putting off decisions about university or beginning a working career, for two years.
There will be others that will want out of the education system because they are not compatible with it, they perhaps feel it has given them all they need, or they want to get out into the world and see what it has to offer.
There are growing opportunities for many more school leavers to continue with education in a limited way, whilst working and earning a wage.
The Government has underlined its commitment to apprenticeships supplying a substantial source of quality employees to all levels of business across the country with its 2017 apprenticeship levy scheme.
This will mean government working more closely with UK businesses and dedicated training providers to help reach a projected figure of 3million apprenticeship availabilities by the year 2020 that the economy is calling for.
The levy that will help fund these places and underlines the Government belief that investing in on-the-job training makes financial sense.
The current trend still sees the majority of school leavers opt for higher education, but with the debt of tuition fees and loans set to rise even higher, the attraction of undertaking an apprenticeship for its one to four year course has several attractions, not least, not incurring any debt whatsoever, but instead be paid a wage for the duration of the apprenticeship.
At the end of it, the apprentice has not only nationally recognised qualifications, but also the work-place “know-how”, that no class or lecture can give.