Apprentices are on the way to top jobs

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Apprenticeships are taking Yorkshire employees all the way to the top, according to City & Guilds.

Research carried out on behalf of the training and qualifications group by the National Apprenticeship Service and Personnel Today found 26 per cent of employers in Yorkshire and The Humber currently have former apprentices working in boardroom level positions, compared with 19 per cent of employers nationally.

Nationally, apprentices in the construction industry stand the best chance of becoming a director, followed by manufacturing and engineering, agriculture and energy.

The research highlights businesses that have proved themselves to be the very best workplaces in the country for apprentices to start and build a successful and fulfilling career.

City & Guilds names two South Yorkshire firms among its Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers – Tata Steel Speciality and Resolve IT Solutions.

Tata Steel Speciality’s Mick Hood explained why so many former apprentices made the move into management.

“Through learning on the job, apprentices develop skills which are directly relevant to how our business works. They know the organisation inside out, which brings huge benefits when making business decisions and managing people. This is why so many employers, including Tata Steel, have entrusted senior management positions to former apprentices,” he said.

Andrew Seaton, managing director of Resolve IT Solutions, said: “I’m so proud of the apprentices, and every member of the Resolve team who has worked hard to make our apprenticeship programme a success. We are thrilled to be acknowledged as one of the best apprenticeship employers in the UK, and I’m looking forward to expanding our apprenticeship programme.”