The Ap­pren­tice is back — but a long way from the board­room

The Jewish Chronicle - - JC SPECIAL - BY SI­MON BARRY

PPRENTICESHIPS HAVE RISEN i n pop­u­lar­ity as univer­sity costs have b e c o me u n a f - ford­able to many f a m i l i e s . T h e re­cent re­ces­sion saw more than a mil­lion 16 to 24-year-olds put out of work, hav­ing com­pleted univer­sity at £3,000 a term.

More than 150,000 em­ploy­ers are now of­fer­ing ap­pren­tice­ships in more than 200,000 lo­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to govern­ment fig­ures.

They are pitched at all lev­els, are avail­able to grad­u­ates and non­grad­u­ates and cover more than 170 in­dus­tries and 1,500 roles as di­verse as ad­ver­tis­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal engi­neer­ing and nu­clear de­com­mis­sion­ing. Any­one over 16, liv­ing in Eng­land and not in full-time ed­u­ca­tion can ap­ply.

Ap­pren­tice­ships tend to in­volve a 30-hour week with at least the min­i­mum wage and last for 12 months.

Help­ing young peo­ple find ap­pren­tice­ships is the work of Re­source, the Jewish em­ploy­ment ad­vice cen­tre based in Finch­ley.

Vic­to­ria Ster­man, the CEO, says: “They’re a growth area. There is also a big move away from tra­di­tional ap­pren­tice oc­cu­pa­tions such as me­chan­ics. Now there’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, cus­tomer ser­vices and work­ing with chil­dren and young peo­ple, so there is a myr­iad of ca­reers from which to choose.”

For the past cou­ple of years Jewish Care has of­fered ap­pren­tice­ships in hu­man re­sources and cus­tomer ser­vices, at its Gold­ers Green of­fices. A spokesper­son says: “It’s a good op­por­tu­nity to give on-the-job train­ing. We have tried to re­cruit care ap­pren­tices, peo­ple who would pro­vide front-line care ser­vices. We can teach the me­chan­ics of the job but we can’t teach peo­ple to care and that’s cru­cial. So we have strug­gled to at­tract the right peo­ple. But if we get the right can­di­dates, we can build the right pro­gramme.”

David Hazan is 22 and lives in Gold­ers Green. He went to Meno­rah Gram­mar School and then to Has­monean sixth form. He gained A-lev­els in bi­ol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy and re­li­gious stud­ies be­fore go­ing to Mik­dash Melech yeshiva in Jerusalem for two and a half years.

“When I came back I found my­self

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