News | Published December 06 2018

Chubb Systems champion apprenticeships but stats show worrying decline

The Department for Education has today published statistics that show a 24 per cent decrease in the number of apprenticeship programmes started in the last calendar year in comparison to the year before. Chubb Systems drew attention to the importance of apprenticeship programmes in their contribution to The Parliamentary Review so it is likely they, along with many young people looking to break into industry, will be disappointed by the news.

The final figures that were published today showed that 118,600 fewer apprenticeship programmes were started in the last financial year than they were in 2016/17, while there was also a reduction in overall participation in comparison to the previous two years. The report showed that as a result, less than 400,000 people started apprenticeships last year. 

  • Statistics that show a 24 per cent decrease in the number of apprenticeships programmes begun in the last calendar year in comparison to the year before
  • Chubb Systems discuss value of apprenticeship programmes

Ofsted Chief Angela Spielman had raised concerns this week that graduate programmes would be "repackaged" to increase the numbers of apprenticeship programmes being offered, which she suggested could come at the expense of people looking to start lower level courses. These disappointing statistics also come during the first full year in which the apprenticeship levy has been in place.

Anne Milton, the skills minister, said that the government would have to look at whether it is viable for them to continue funding all apprenticeships, following the governments pledge to put 3 million people into apprenticeships by 2020. Milton was keen to highlight the positives, however, and stated that  it is "fantastic to see the number of people starting on our high quality apprenticeships has shot up by 139,100". 

Chubb Systems have long been providers of quality apprenticeship programmes and they told the Review that they felt it was an important responsibility for businesses. Managing Director Graeme Heanan explained that: "We believe it is a business’s responsibility to provide an environment that attracts young people to the sector, and nurture talent for the benefit of our organisation and the wider industry. It is this culture and our ethos of continuous improvement that drives us to further the goals of our business, our clients and our employees."

Talking about the schemes that Chubb offer in particular, he said: "We have invested significantly in our apprenticeship scheme. We proudly offer a ten-year apprenticeship programme that fully qualifies those who undertake it as “engineers” with degree-level qualifications. These apprentices now work in all areas and levels of the business. This has wide-reaching appeal; while the national average for women in engineering is about 8 per cent, women make up between 30 and 40 per cent of Chubb Systems’ apprentice graduates."