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apprenticeship Gloucestershire engineer trainingApprenticeships have been around for a very long time. Seen as a way of recruiting more skilled workers in the 16th Century, it was the government’s way of keeping the economy afloat.

It would seem, however, that access to apprenticeships has been fluctuating since the 1950s, once a Royal Commission declared them a “medieval survivor.” How has that affected them in today’s world?

Let’s take a look and see.


Falling Numbers

For much of the second half of the 20th century, apprenticeships received a rather unfair reputation thanks to the “medieval survivor” brand. It was seen as outdated and not suitable for the modern world of new technologies.

From the 1950s to the 1990s, the number of people taking on apprenticeships fell sharply from 200,000 to 50,000. Put that side-by-side with general population growth and those numbers are pretty grim.

The expectation has since been to go to university to earn a “proper” living. However, it’s pretty plain that access to universities is substantially more difficult to get than an apprenticeship, even to this day.


Easier Access

It wasn’t until the 21st Century, especially in the last twenty years or so that the government decided to effectively “rebrand” apprenticeships to appeal ro fresh-out-of-school youngsters. The idea since has been an alternative route to gaining full time employment in a specific field.

While apprenticeships are by no means “easy”, access and information on what’s involved has never been better, especially since we now have the internet.


To Conclude

From their inception, apprenticeships have been a great way to gain full-time employment, especially for those who want to enter a specific industry such as nursing. They can even progress to degree-level qualifications if they so wish, making them more accessible than universities and arguably more of a guarantee of employment.

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