Apprenticeships in the UK are continuing from success to success

“Apprenticeships work and that is a fact,” declared the Right Honourable Robert Halfon MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, during a recent interview with the website Apprenticeships News, “It is fantastic to know that 90 percent of people that do apprenticeships go on to further work or education. This really is something to shout about.”

Here at the LHAA, we couldn’t agree more. We have been fervent champions of apprenticeships from the very first moment we opened our doors, and it is wonderful to see apprenticeships becoming so widely and publicly recognised as the best route into a fulfilling new career. Over the past few years, there has undoubtedly been an important cultural shift and a welcome appreciation of the value that apprenticeships can bring to both young people and businesses throughout the UK.

“Apprenticeships really are one of the greatest success stories of the decade,” Robert Halfon continued, before going on to announce that – thanks to the new apprenticeship levy - £2.5 billion will be invested in apprenticeships by 2019-20, which is double the amount spent in 2010-11. This means that more people will be able to get into better quality training schemes and “the levy will ensure a step-change in apprenticeships numbers… giving employers the highly skilled workforce they have been crying out for.” Considering that apprenticeship participation currently stands at almost 900,000 – the highest figure on record – the new levy should see even greater numbers of new apprentices taking the first important step towards the career of their dreams.

2017 is proving to be a landmark year for apprenticeships. The recently held 10th National Apprenticeship Week was a triumph and this month not only sees the apprenticeship levy come into force, but it also heralds the launch of the brand new Institute for Apprenticeships, as well as the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

“The Minister’s statement, coupled with the arrival of the apprenticeship levy and all the other innovations that are about to take place, underlines the fact that the future of apprenticeships has never looked brighter,” says LHAA director Trevor Luker, “Apprenticeships undoubtedly transform lives, and our apprentices are helping to inject some exciting new talent and energy into the hairdressing industry. We are proud to be part of this important national success story.”

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