Survey finds that Bradford children being put off apprenticeships by parents

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Paul Mackie Paul Mackie

A Bradford councillor believes many parents do not realise the “true value” of apprenticeships and this view often leads them to discourage their children from going down the vocational route.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment and skills at Bradford Council, made the comments after a survey revealed more than 80 per cent of the region’s young people wanting to get into vocational education do not get the support of their parents.

Figures released today by educational charity The Edge Foundation show that just 19 per cent of parents in Yorkshire and Humberside believe that a vocational course is worthwhile, with many discouraging their children from getting involved in apprenticeships or training.

This means the area is one of the most “sceptical” when it comes to such education – in the South East the figure was 44 per cent.

But the survey also reveals that those who do choose the vocational route were just as fulfilled as those who study academically.

Half of vocational students said their schools informed them they would be “more successful” if they chose the academic path.

And 44 per cent of those surveyed said their parents remained the biggest influence on their education choices.

Jan Hodges, CEO of the Edge Foundation, said: “It is disappointing that so few parents and teachers see vocational education as being worthwhile, when in fact both routes result in similar levels of happiness, job satisfaction and financial gain.

“The stigma attached to vocational learning is old-fashioned and unjust.”

Coun Hinchcliffe is also part of the Get Bradford Working campaign to create more jobs in the city and said: “Parents are very important in influencing what route their children take and the true value of apprenticeships is not always realised. I know from visiting employers that there are some first-class career opportunities for ambitious and able young people wanting to take the apprenticeship route. In Bradford there is a concerted attempt through the schools, and the Apprenticeship Hub to address these perceptions, but it will take time.”

Paul Mackie, president of Bradford Chamber of Commerce and the chair of the E3 Bradford scheme, which stands for Education, Enterprise, Employment, said: “It’s not the fault of parents that most children are being pushed down the academic route – that’s the system that’s been held up as the panacea for many years now, and it’s clearly wrong. If more research like this can help to highlight that vocational options do offer a viable future too, then that’s all to the good. View are changing about vocational education and possible pathways, but we need more views to change, more quickly.”

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11:57am Wed 5 Feb 14

Grumpygirl says...

Parents are right to warn their kids against apprenticeships. Along with workfare and zero hour contracts the Tory bosses see them only as a source of cheap labour. History is very clear, once the apprenticeship is finished the kids get sacked. If there's a downsizing to boost the quarterly figures the apprentices are always the first to go.

Shame on Cllr Hinchcliffe for promoting this Tory scam.
Parents are right to warn their kids against apprenticeships. Along with workfare and zero hour contracts the Tory bosses see them only as a source of cheap labour. History is very clear, once the apprenticeship is finished the kids get sacked. If there's a downsizing to boost the quarterly figures the apprentices are always the first to go. Shame on Cllr Hinchcliffe for promoting this Tory scam. Grumpygirl
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12:08pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pcmanners says...

This happened to me. I finished my apprenticeship and was sacked. I wouldn't blame the Tories though, just short sighted greedy management who couldn't care less about providing skills for the future and supporting this country's industrial base. All they wanted was their annual bonus.
This happened to me. I finished my apprenticeship and was sacked. I wouldn't blame the Tories though, just short sighted greedy management who couldn't care less about providing skills for the future and supporting this country's industrial base. All they wanted was their annual bonus. pcmanners
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4:34pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
Parents are right to warn their kids against apprenticeships. Along with workfare and zero hour contracts the Tory bosses see them only as a source of cheap labour. History is very clear, once the apprenticeship is finished the kids get sacked. If there's a downsizing to boost the quarterly figures the apprentices are always the first to go.

Shame on Cllr Hinchcliffe for promoting this Tory scam.
Whilst one or two unscrupulous companies might see an apprenticeship as a cheap source of labour, many, many companies provide proper apprenticeships.

Don't let you anti-tory, socialist outlook cloud your thinking, in general apprenticeships are a good thing.

Oh, and don't forget it was Labours "thing" to introduce the national apprenticeship scheme, but ti took the current government to really get it working properly.
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: Parents are right to warn their kids against apprenticeships. Along with workfare and zero hour contracts the Tory bosses see them only as a source of cheap labour. History is very clear, once the apprenticeship is finished the kids get sacked. If there's a downsizing to boost the quarterly figures the apprentices are always the first to go. Shame on Cllr Hinchcliffe for promoting this Tory scam.[/p][/quote]Whilst one or two unscrupulous companies might see an apprenticeship as a cheap source of labour, many, many companies provide proper apprenticeships. Don't let you anti-tory, socialist outlook cloud your thinking, in general apprenticeships are a good thing. Oh, and don't forget it was Labours "thing" to introduce the national apprenticeship scheme, but ti took the current government to really get it working properly. Bone_idle18
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8:25pm Wed 5 Feb 14

The Hoffster says...

Look at that pic, lol.
Look at that pic, lol. The Hoffster
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4:48pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Lynn@college says...

There are many employers out there wanting to offer fantastic career opportunities with quality apprenticeships leading to permanent employment. The National Apprenticeship Service posts many great vacancies on their site http://www.apprentic
eships.org.uk/ or look at some of the really great local training providers who will also have jobs boards on their college websites. You can email me your cv to cv@shipley.ac.uk if you want some help finding a vacancy with a reputable employer
There are many employers out there wanting to offer fantastic career opportunities with quality apprenticeships leading to permanent employment. The National Apprenticeship Service posts many great vacancies on their site http://www.apprentic eships.org.uk/ or look at some of the really great local training providers who will also have jobs boards on their college websites. You can email me your cv to cv@shipley.ac.uk if you want some help finding a vacancy with a reputable employer Lynn@college
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