The aim of this section is to highlight the importance of understanding what is actually happening within the labour market to avoid being influenced by incorrect stereotypes and generalisations.
1. An Apprenticeship is not a real job!
Wrong: Apprentices work for real employers and get paid a wage. Most Apprenticeships are full-time and employed status. An Apprenticeship is a job with an employer accompanied by a course of approved training that lasts between one and four years depending upon job role and training requirements.
2. Apprentices are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage!
Wrong: Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. This is currently £2.73 per hour for to 16-18 year-olds and for those aged19 and over and in their first year of the Apprenticeship. Those aged 19 and above, who have completed their first year of an Apprenticeship, are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age group. Which, in this case, is £5.13 an hour (19 to 20 year-olds) and £6.50 an hour for those aged 21 and above.
Source: UK Government
3. I won’t get a qualification if I do an Apprenticeship!
Wrong: All Apprenticeships include an element of approved training which is designed to lead to a recognised qualification. These qualifications include National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), BTEC Diplomas and even Foundation Degrees. Apprentices work towards their qualifications at a college of further education or at an approved training centre.
Source: National Assembly for Wales
4. The UK does not make anything anymore!
Wrong: the UK is the ninth largest manufacturing economy in the world and Wales is a big part of that.
5. Hardly anyone works in manufacturing anymore!
Wrong: more than one in ten people in employment in Wales work in manufacturing.
6. The UK must have the worst unemployment rate in Europe!
Wrong: the unemployment rate for the UK and Wales is actually lower than the EU average.
Source: Eurostat and StatWales
*Note: Unemployment in Wales for Q4 2012,was 8.6% and was 7.7% for the UK (source: StatsWales). The Eurostat figures are almost identical for the UK, so Wales is comparable. All other figure are for November 2012 and come form Eurostat.
7. Did You Know? Languages
Did you know that English is an official language in 69 countries around the world?
Did you know that around one in five people in Wales can speak Welsh?
Did you know that people with foreign language skills are highly sought after by employers in the UK?
Source: Did you know? Languages