December 21, 2011 12:38 ET

Unemployed Should Receive Greater Encouragement to Undertake Apprenticeships, Says Perspective

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 21, 2011) - Recent data has revealed that despite apprenticeship figures increasing across all age groups, youth unemployment is still expected to top one million in the coming months. As such, the unemployed still need greater encouragement, and support, in getting into suitable apprenticeship schemes, says Student tracking software provider, Perspective.

Apprenticeships have gone from strength to strength after somewhat unsteady beginnings but, they undoubtedly have the potential to change the fortunes of individuals around the UK and the unemployed can benefit as much, if not more than many.

The rise in apprenticeship numbers could be a knock-on effect following the hike of university tuition fees and, given the right support and direction, could also be an avenue for the currently unemployed to enhance their employability.

Paul Davis, managing director of Perspective, commented: "The government has invested £1.4billion in apprenticeships as a means of enhancing their accessibility and recognition. However, despite an increase in take-up across all age groups, the biggest increase is with the over 60's - up 900 per cent on this time last year. Despite this being great news it does demonstrate that perhaps the wrong market is being targeted. Efforts should be equally aimed towards those without employment to help tackle the rising figures and associated on-going problems.

It isn't however, simply a case of putting them in an apprenticeship environment and the problem is solved. As with all apprenticeships, effective Learning management is essential. A problem that apprenticeship schemes have historically faced is the large number of people dropping out. Resolving, or at least easing this problem can be as simple as putting an Individual learning plan in place to ensure that targets are set and learners have more short-term, tangible goals to aim for. More complex management software such as our Sunesis product can also offer providers the ability to micro manage learners and monitor progression and attendance as well as red-flag potential issues before they become a serious problem.

According to analysis by the specialist publication Further Education Week, data published at the end of October shows that over the last year there has been an increase of 18 per cent for apprenticeships begun by 18-year-olds and a 22 per cent rise in those begun by people aged 19-24. For those aged between 25 and 34, there has been a 179 per cent increase; a 283 per cent increase for those between 35 and 44; and for those aged 45-59, a 396 per cent increase. The biggest increase has however been for those aged 60 and over where there has been an 878 per cent increase - from 400 signing up in the year 2009-10, to 3,910 in the last year.

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