Business Apprenticeships – history and future

Have you lost motivation, passion or enthusiasm at work?   Are you considering what to do next as you finish school or college?

Many apprentices say they have found energy they did not know they had and feel revitalised after pursuing the path of an apprenticeship. They report there is no better feeling then working towards a recognised qualification and being able to apply their learnings and knowledge within the real world. As well as the support and mentoring that comes with an apprenticeship from assessors, tutors, and employers.

Apprenticeships have a long history and have evolved over time, lets take a look how we come to have the 21st century apprenticeship.

  • Apprenticeships can be traced back to the Middle Ages when they used the phrase ‘Master and apprentice’.  Between 1900-1992 they remained popular and spread to industries such as engineering, shipbuilding, plumbing and electrical work.
  • In the 1960s a third of boys were leaving school and becoming apprentices. Following this peak they entered a slow decline, with half as many apprentices in employment in 1995 as there were in 1979.
  • In 1993 the ‘Modern Apprenticeships’ scheme was announced. Modern Apprentices would count as employees and be paid a wage.
  • By the end of 1998 almost a quarter of a million people in England and Wales had started a Modern Apprenticeship. The most popular sectors were business administration, engineering, and retailing. The majority of employers were small firms and there were very few employers with more than five apprentices.
  • In 2004 the upper age limit of 25 was removed opening up apprenticeships as we see today for everyone including new and/or already employed staff.
  • After the 2010 election, financial incentive payments were introduced for small firms hiring apprentices aged 16–24 and we’ve continued to see this trend, the most recent ones being because of the pandemic with the Back to Work scheme and other Government campaigns to kickstart the economy.
  • As more over 25s became apprentices the number of apprenticeship starts doubled between 2009/10 and 2011/12 to over half a million.
  • New minimum standards introduced in 2012 required that all apprenticeships must last at least a year, provide 30 hours’ employment a week and a minimum amount of guided learning.   Also included was a requirement to offer training in maths and English for apprentices who have not already achieved level 2 (GCSE standard).

They continue to evolve and we now see apprenticeships being offered in a variety of sectors and job roles with standards of various levels, recognised qualifications as well as progression paths.

Business apprenticeships are not as well-known as their manual counterparts but are as equally important.  We offer the following business apprenticeships and can help employers and individuals to pursue these.

Accounts and Finance
Level 2 Accounts or Finance Assistant (AAT)
Level 3 Assistant Accountant (AAT)

Business, Management and Events
Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner
Level 3 Business Administrator
Level 3 Customer Service Specialist
Level 3 Event Assistant
Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor
Level 5 Operations/Departmental Manager