The Ladder for Shropshire is helping to produce a virtual event during National Apprenticeship Week.

The event will be live throughout the week 8th – 12th February and will feature a host of timetabled activities including live interaction with providers, employers and existing apprentices.

The Ladder for Shropshire is a local initiative sponsored by Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council to provide employers with free impartial advice regarding Apprenticeships.

The Ladder can provide the following:-

  • Provide free impartial advice regarding Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Kickstart
  • Provide information on grants and incentives available to employers
  • Put you in touch with the best local training providers to suit your needs

All the details for the event including further information about the Ladder for Shropshire can be found HERE

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• Apprenticeships are for people who don’t do well at school

Apprenticeships are simply an alternative route into skilled employment. They are a great way to earn while you learn, gain vital work experience, and set yourself on a fast-track to a successful career.

• Apprenticeships are only available in manual industries

While this might once have been the case, apprenticeships are now available in over 1,500 occupations across 170 industries.

• Apprenticeships are low quality

On the contrary – quality is at the heart of apprenticeships and they deliver high quality training.

• Apprenticeships don’t lead to good qualifications Apprenticeships offer a ladder of opportunity so learners can progress from traineeships and intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeships right up to higher and Degree apprenticeships. More and more people are now choosing an apprenticeship as an alternative to university.

• Apprentices will never earn very much

Apprentices must receive at least the national minimum wage for an apprentice, though many employers choose to pay more.

• Apprentices are only given donkey work Apprenticeships are full time paid jobs with training and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them. Many secure a promotion within 12 months of qualifying and become key members of the business.

• Businesses are not taking apprentices on

There are currently hundreds of apprenticeship vacancies in Shropshire available on the Gov website HERE

• Apprenticeships are only for school leavers Apprenticeships are available to people of all ages making them a great option for anyone looking to change career, improve their skills in order to secure a new role or re-enter the labour market after having taken time out for whatever reason.

• Employers don’t value apprenticeships

Research indicates that apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses so many employers are now choosing to grow their business through apprenticeships. And with employers saying that former apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications, apprenticeships genuinely provide a steppingstone to a brighter future.

• An apprenticeship won’t lead to a full-time job

In fact, more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends.