An apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study.
The UK government has implemented a strict apprenticeship structure which in many ways resembles the traditional architecture of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. There are three levels of apprenticeship available spanning 2–6 years of progression. It is possible for ambitious apprentices to progress from level 2 (intermediate) to level 7 ( master’s degree) over many years of training and education.
The Government’s own statistics show a 28% plunge in starts over the current academic year so far. In the long term, the only way we will be able to address the chronic skills crisis is by recruiting and training more new entrants.