Apprenticeships help people from disadvantaged backgrounds break into their career of choice without the upfront costs, but businesses need to be offering more apprenticeships to improve social mobility, says Babington CEO, Carole Carson.
Social mobility coldspots across the UK prevent people from disadvantaged backgrounds having access to the same opportunities as their peers. Apprenticeships play a vital part in removing these barriers and helping individuals find sustainable employment.
Businesses need to consider how they can play their part in promoting better social mobility by offering traineeships and apprenticeships. Getting access to careers that require specific qualifications can prove difficult for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. “Traineeships and apprenticeships provide an alternative route to traditional academic education: a young person can become a qualified accountant without going to university or – funding their own training. However, we need more businesses to open up to the idea of using an apprenticeship to access new talent,” says Carole Carson.
Working with leading experts to make apprenticeships more attractive
“Our strategic partnerships form a key part of our attractive offering in apprenticeships for businesses. The apprentice gets the best in support and expertise as well as receiving industry insights from key influencers like Grant Thornton,” adds Carole Carson.
Selina Davey: a Babington apprenticeship success story
Selina Davey wanted to return to full time work at the age of 28 after being a stay at home parent for several years. With a lack of relevant experience and specific qualifications, Selina found it difficult to get an interview.
After attending a job fayre, Selina enrolled on a 12 week unpaid traineeship programme with SJD Accountancy.
With support from Babington on workplace skills and an employer keen to utilise new talent, Selina was offered an Accounting Level 2 apprenticeship. Completing her apprenticeship through a mixture of classroom and work-based learning, Selina gained top grades and was offered a permanent job with SJD as an Accounts Support Coordinator. She is now progressing her accounting career with a Level 3 Accounting Apprenticeship.
Babington is an award-winning training provider with an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating with a focus on employability and apprenticeships. Babington delivers flexible learning solutions for apprenticeships in financial services, leadership and management, business admin, sales and marketing.