UCAS projects there could be up to a million higher education applicants in a single year in 2030, up from almost three quarters of a million today. The surge in student numbers by the end of this decade presents both a threat to the prospects of the young people who may miss out on education or training opportunities, but also a clear opportunity for employers to capitalise, by hiring students directly as apprentices.
With over 500,000 of the young people who register with UCAS each year telling us they’re interested in apprenticeships, we know the desire is there but there is an opportunity gap.
Join ISE, UCAS, and our panel of apprentices and employers, as we discuss the barriers faced by employers and would-be apprentices and explore the best ways to connect employers with the next generation of talent. How do we ensure young people receive the right careers information, advice and guidance to enable them to explore all of the options available to them? How can employers present their brand as an employer of choice to the next generation and raise awareness of their apprenticeship and early careers opportunities?
Demand for apprenticeships is at an all-time high – with 59% of students in Years 9-12 now considering an apprenticeship role – yet the number of young learners starting an apprenticeship remains low.
So how can employers make their apprenticeship opportunities more accessible and visible to young people as they explore their options? And how can we make the journey to discovering and applying for apprenticeships easier for potential applicants?
UCAS has recently launched a new apprenticeships service, meaning that every young person logging into their UCAS student account, known as the UCAS Hub, will see relevant apprenticeship opportunities alongside degree courses. With over one million students registering on the UCAS Hub each year and seeking advice and guidance on their future options, this move gives greater visibility to apprenticeships and enables employers to get their vacancies seen by a rich, wide talent pool.
Join ISE, UCAS, and our employer panel, as we explore how this could transform your apprenticeship recruitment strategy and give you access to a future talent pipeline to meet your business needs and fill critical skills shortages.