Discussing apprentices and apprenticeships on BBC London news

Discussing apprentices and apprenticeships on BBC London news



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Jackie Bedford, CEO of Step Ahead Recruitment and Tolu Salako an apprentice with Kings College NHS trust discussing apprenticeships, university and A-level results on BBC London news. An apprenticeship instead of University? What are the benefits of becoming an apprentice?

well university isn't the only option after a-levels many are opting for an apprenticeship like Telugu Sulaco who's on a scheme at King's College Hospital also joining me is Jackie Bedford from step ahead who find people apprenticeships to start with you why did you actually opt for an apprenticeship rather than going to university I didn't really think University was for me per se I'm quite a practical person so with the apprenticeship you get them but practical and also the knowledge base as well you actually got very good grades at a-level so didn't you I mean in the past a lot of people have sort of seen apprenticeships Jackie as something that people who can't attain those grades to go to university yes I think that is the case actually Louisa that regrettably people do sometimes see apprenticeships as being the second class option or or perhaps something they can fall back on if they're not able to go to university and in fact this isn't the case and as you've heard from talu she did get very good grades had the option to go to university but in fact chose an apprenticeship because she felt she was better suited to that and told you it didn't have anything to do with the cost of going to university it was purely you thought it would be better for you what have you benefited I've been many skills I'm basically uncle skills practical skills so it's helped me also learn more about myself as in I know more about the working worlds as in if you go to university you get the knowledge base we don't really get the practical experience and working within the NHS you don't really missed out on the whole social life of university not at all as in we are able to meet many people and still socialise as well so it's perfectly fun Jackie there has been criticism in the past of apprenticeships where businesses use it as cheap labor what would you say to that I think it has been the case perhaps in the past I think it's very much less the case now and certainly a step ahead our experience as a recruitment company and an apprenticeship training provider is that employers are preferring to take on people that they can train so those people can serve their businesses with the necessary experience of the business and this is often not the case for graduates and in fact one of the things that that that we as a company feel quite sad is that we have evidence that one of the problems here is that people are not well-educated about apprenticeships and and in fact step ahead did commissioner poll with you Goff which told us that two-thirds of young people aged 18 to 24 said that they had not been given full information or indeed any information about paid apprenticeships being a career option whilst they were at school and and going on from that in fact 80% of people told us that apprenticeships could well be a preferable option if they knew about them so this seems to be one of the problems apprenticeships are very much misunderstood and we'd like to see that change okay well Jackie Bedford and to leave I wish you all the best of luck in the future thank you both for coming in thank you

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