In my previous job I was responsible for interviewing employing and overseeing apprentices, the the job was given to an outside firm (college)
I was available to apprentices at all times to sort out problems
I wonder if the new modern apprenticeships will have the rigour of those some 50 years ago
No not even the rigours of 15 yrs ago ..
An assessor comes in every 6 weeks or so from college doesn't have a clue what the job actually entails so portfolios were signed off by the assessor with some glaring errors in them.
does the youth of today have the stomach for 5 years working for next to nothing
Wages are quite good nowadays compared to what we got and the apprenticeship is usually over in about 3-3.5 yrs.
A lot of the skills we learnt just aren't needed nowadays .. who scrapes bearings or packs glands / seals any more, I teach people how to use diagnostic programs now :0)
We knew that at the end of our training unless we did something really stupid there was a a job for us at the end of it, but can employers offer that kind of security today?
I'm afraid that option no longer applies as a certainty but obviously employers are planning ahead when thy consider numbers to be trained and of course would like to recoup the cost of the training (some could be recoup fom government grants)