Every industry requires fresh young talent to survive and thrive in the future.
Through a mix of natural and unnatural factors, talent, knowledge and skills can suddenly exit the upper echelons of a particular field of industry, and without people with the capacity to keep businesses moving, they can move from prosperity to collapse in an instant.
Building up younger employees with the help of apprenticeship providers is an excellent way of preparing for the future, ensuring that when the current pool of staff retires or leaves the industry, it is left in safe hands.
Due to the rather unique circumstances of the past two years, several industries, in particular, have been actively seeking out apprentices to help cover short-term and long-term skill drains, and here are three of the biggest.
The logistics industry as a whole, but road haulage, in particular, has had a particularly difficult year, with several factors causing drivers to either leave the industry or leave the country.
As part of a package of policies aimed at encouraging new drivers, which includes a driver training apprenticeship as well as several internal schemes directly organised by the biggest companies in logistics such as Hermes.
Outside of drivers, apprentices have become hotly desired to work as part of the complex network of administration and logistics management, keeping every HGV on time, en route and every supplier informed of their progress.
For dedicated apprentices who are eager to learn or ready to switch careers, moving into transport logistics and getting a CPC qualification will help set you up for a long career in the future.
An industry that has benefited considerably from apprenticeships before, engineering has seen a new wave of specialised courses, including most recently one that works for the Ministry of Justice.
The Level 3 Electrical Engineering course works directly to provide prison maintenance services to work across the 48 prisons based in the South of England.
Outside of Her Majesty’s Prisons, other engineering apprenticeships take on a range of guises, from electrical engineering and technical support to servicing major infrastructure, aircraft and the growing rail network.
In the case of the latter, with the major infrastructure project High Speed 2 underway, there are a considerable number of apprenticeship schemes that aim to build up a new generation of construction workers just as the tunnels, bridges and rail tracks are built.
One of the first industries that comes to mind whenever you think of apprenticeships, the construction industry’s boom as a result of housing demand and major infrastructure projects has made the industry look for even more fresh new talent.
Whilst the traditional construction apprenticeship begins with bricklaying, there are many other apprenticeship programmes that focus on every level of the construction process.
This includes architecture, civil engineering and designing, quantity surveying, quality control and budget management, as well as individual training for the use of the varied range of construction vehicles in different environments.
Construction is changing at a rapid rate to meet the challenges of the future, and apprentices are set to reap considerable rewards as part of the industry.