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The elephant in the room. Is there scientific snobbery surrounding apprenticeships?

We do encounter some resistance from scientific communities about apprenticeships. There seems to be an 80’s legacy misconception that apprentices aren’t smart enough to stay in school and an apprenticeship is their only option. This dated view is nothing but damaging...

Making sure STEM Apprenticeships are a win-win

One of Youthforce’s driving philosophies is that everything we do should be driven by a win-win solution as the outcome. This means we look for solutions that create value for all involved. We strive to find ways to improve our offer to benefit employers and...

5 top tips from Youthforce for surviving lockdown

Youthforce joined Cognassist during lockdown #1 and have focused on supporting both learners and staff throughout this tumultuous time. Read on to learn 5 top tips for surviving lockdown. Last March (on the 20th to be exact – 1 week before the first lockdown hit),...

What does it take to be an Apprenticeship mentor?

In the 2015 budget, the government announced a commitment to boosting productivity by investing in people by helping develop vocational skills and increasing the quantity and quality of apprenticeships – the Apprenticeship Levy came into force in 2017, alongside other...

Is now the right time to take on an apprentice?

On the face of it, you might think not. But we would ask of any business, what are your plans and where are you headed? If there is growth on the horizon then now is the time to plan effectively, develop your resources, and be ready to meet it. Together with you, once...

Businesses need to start thinking of apprenticeships as succession planning #GrowYourOwnTalent

Youthforce encourages businesses to think of apprenticeships as succession planning for their future workforce, our values-driven sales approach is here to generate win-win solutions for opening up sustainability within a business. In our area of expertise, STEM...

Balfour Beatty bucking the national trend and leading the way for apprenticeships during COVID

When COVID hit it was damning news for the younger generation and the jobs market. A BBC article from 28th of September charted ‘Seven ways the young have been hit by COVID’ including; young people left the workplace first, online graduate job vacancies fell by 60%...

5 reasons industry leaders use Youthforce for Materials Testing Apprenticeships

Materials Testing is a niche recruitment task, we understand the role and can effectively fill this small piece of the recruitment puzzle for larger companies' HR departments. We understand the characteristics that make a good technician and recognise the drive and...

STEM is a future-proof career choice. Beat the graduates to it with an apprenticeship.

This morning's Radio 4’s Today programme reported that UCAS has raised concerns that humanities subjects are under pressure with the amount of students studying for modern language degrees down a third in the last 10 years. John Cope from UCAS was featured and said...

‘Top apprentice employer stresses importance of lower level apprenticeships’

A member of the government’s apprenticeship delivery board says opportunities at level 2 and 3 are key. Lower level apprenticeships have the potential to greatly boost productivity, according to the head of apprenticeships at Barclay's. The number of lower level...