Blog Post: Culture of Apprenticeships 2017


Welcome to our first blog… and this one is a team effort coming from Catherine and Hannah! New into 2017 we didn’t need to think for long about our first post as we have a perfect platform on our doorstep…………


Just down the road from our offices in Newport, East Riding of Yorkshire is the City of Hull… this year’s UK City of Culture. The spotlight is very much on Hull and they appear to have literally exploded into 2017 with a magnificent firework display over the River Humber followed by a series of sound and light installations collectively known as Made in Hull. By the end of the first week, the BBC was reporting that 342,000 people had participated in the opening events, which also included multimedia sound and light projections onto landmark buildings in the city’s Victoria Square and a display of Hullywood Icons, featuring local people recreating famous scenes from film. Raising the profile of the City, bringing pleasure and making valuable contributions to our local economy.


2017 is also the year the Apprenticeship Levy is introduced so what better way to start the year than shining the light on apprenticeships, their culture, the opportunity and their value to our local economy. Futureworks Yorkshire are keen to ensure the introduction of the Levy has a positive impact and continues to support the growth of opportunity and apprenticeships.


Last month we celebrated our 200th apprentice start at Futureworks Yorkshire and we know the number will keep growing. We support the level playing field the Government is aiming to achieve through the current reforms. We whole heartedly believe, and have seen through our own success stories, how the apprenticeship route is an equal route to learning, working and having a successful career, just as it is going to Uni.


Apprenticeship culture is fundamentally about people, of all ages, working with and learning from people who have worked in particular trades and industries for many years. It’s about getting hands on experience to put on your CV, which to future employers fully demonstrates your desire to learn, your ability to follow instructions and your capability of working and learning at the same time. Employers who take on apprentices are also key to their career path. They provide valuable time to support skills development, teach what they have learned and share their experiences… so when they hit the point of retirement their precious experiences and skills are not lost, supporting business succession plans, building experience and sustaining precious skills across industries.


Being an apprentice takes commitment, drive and enthusiasm. It doesn’t matter whether you are a straight A student or not, it doesn’t matter what others choose to do with their own careers… most importantly being an apprentice is about you. Being an apprentice provides an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and attitude to work and learning. It provides a fantastic opportunity to take control of your career, your future aspirations and determine your own destiny.


Use your apprenticeship as an opportunity to speak to individual members of the company you work with to learn more about them and the company. Ensure you ask questions to learn as much as possible…. Employers will be keen to share their success stories.


Lord Bamford (JCB), Jamie Oliver, Karen Millen, David Beckham and John Bloor all started their careers as apprentices and there are so many more! If you don’t recognise any of these names then we strongly suggest to look them up learn of their successes.


Where your career takes you is your choice and make the most of all the support available to you. Starting as an apprentice is a good start, just like the fireworks and ‘Made In Hull’ have been a fantastic start for Hull, UK City of Culture 2017… It’s time to celebrate the ‘culture’ of apprenticeships in 2017.