Julia Belgutay

Vocation, vocation, vocation

The government claims apprenticeships are for anyone. But when they represent so many different types of training, can that really be the case? Julia Belgutay investigates

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Sydney Price does not wear an overall to work. She doesn’t use heavy tools either, or spend her day on a building site or a workshop. Her job entails handling calls and visitors at the company’s front desk, helping with event management and training colleagues. And yet, Price is an apprentice, only about six months into her training.

For years, apprenticeships were thought of as a dusty, old-fashioned way to train young people to work in industries such as carpentry and plumbing. But the apprenticeship programme now encompasses much more than that.

Alongside the government’s reform programme ...

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