Why I will always champion apprenticeships
There are many reasons why I’m proud to work at Britvic. Our apprenticeship scheme is right up there with the best of them.
Right now, 74 apprentices are working, learning and earning at Britvic locations up and down the country across various parts of our business. 46 of them are working in our supply chain – of which 31 are engineers – 19 are in finance, and the remaining nine in marketing.
I’m a huge believer in apprenticeships and the value they bring to all involved – mainly because I’ve seen that value first-hand, time and again. So, I’ve of course been thrilled to see apprenticeships in the UK enjoy a real resurgence in recent years.
For a long time university became the default path for so many young people, and the perception that apprenticeships are second class to degrees became stronger than ever. Don’t get me wrong, higher education is one of our country’s great assets – I loved my time at Manchester – but it’s fantastic to see more and more people and businesses taking on apprenticeships.
One thing that has become very clear over the course of the pandemic is that UK apprentices have been fundamental in helping many businesses get back on their feet – and sooner than anticipated, too. It says a lot that 72% of UK employers now have plans to take on more apprentices over the next 12 months, according to The Open University’s recent Build the Future Apprenticeship Survey.
This week is the 15th annual National Apprenticeship Week. The 2022 edition carries the theme ‘build the future’, which highlights that apprenticeships provide individuals with the skills and knowledge they need for a successful and rewarding career, and businesses with a talented workforce equipped with future-ready skills. I couldn’t agree more with this.
Over the years at Britvic, we have had some amazing success stories come out of our apprenticeship scheme, and I know many friends and former colleagues who can say the same for their businesses.
To those out there who are weighing up their career options and considering going for an apprenticeship, you should already know what my advice to you is. You will be learning while you earn, gaining hands-on work experience and on-the-job training in an industry that suits your passions and interests, building your network and getting exposure to industry professionals with tonnes of experience, and receiving a nationally recognised qualification at the end – with no tuition fees!
And to the employers out there who are yet to take an apprentice on, what are you waiting for? Not only will you be setting someone up for a fantastic career, but you will get your investment back tenfold – in many more ways than just your bottom line.
As the business leaders of today, we have a responsibility to help nurture our young people and set them up for success, and apprenticeships are a fantastic way to do so.
Phil Sanders | Out of Home Sales Director