Covid19 And Its Impact on Apprenticeships

Consider the following quotes:

“This too shall pass.”

“Life throws you curveballs, but you learn to swerve.”

“It’s ok to be scared. It means you’re about to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone and grow a little.”

Now let’s see what is going on with apprenticeships since my last writing.

As you may have notice, life around the world took a bit of a bashing! We’ve had a virus pandemic since my writing about apprenticeships. We’ve been in a semi-lockdown from March 23 – we were still allowed to go for our hour outdoor activities and to the supermarket.

Since then, toilet paper has returned to the shelves, deaths have declined. Step one of the ease of the lockdown began on May 11 with step two beginning from June 1. In the meanwhile, it has been predicted that many small and medium sized businesses will be no more.

· The Financial Times (April 19, 2020) reported at least 21 000 more companies failed in March compared to the year before.

· The Stage (April 6, 2020) reported that 42% of creative businesses lost all income.

Huge sections of the business world, retail, aviation, hospitality, industrial, to name a few have been impacted enormously. Even apps such as concert booking apps, EdTech, dating apps, fitness apps, doctors on demand, transport booking services – think uber etc have been impacted, some negatively and some positively.

And yes, the apprenticeship schemes and recruitment of new apprenticeships have been affected and there is the anticipation of a few negatives and positives. A key positive is that, according to Further Education News, there has been a shift in public opinion about skills.

1. There will be an increased adoption of technology to support remote learning and to engage more. I have personally experienced this and I expect that by 2021, use of tech to teach remotely will be the new norm.

2. It is expected that there will be an overall reduction in apprenticeship starts across many sectors as employers focus on rebuilding their businesses. But there are positive expectations. Sectors like product development, engineering, technology, and healthcare are expected to see an increase in starts.

3. A concern is that due to the break in learning among school leavers which has resulted in over confidence due to inflated grades, possibly missing work experience, unfamiliarity with exam conditions, may make the transition to learning in the workplace difficult.

But my readers and subscribers will be prepared through my blog, won’t you? We know that a great part of preparing for the next step after school is about working hard, getting any work experience that there is – paid or volunteering, researching widely and staying focused is a Smart move.


Apprenticeship minister Gillian Keegan

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