A large employer in Harrogate has recently stated that many school leavers are “totally unprepared” for working life and called for more apprenticeships to support the transition from school to a career.
Jonathan Lupton is the managing director of Econ Engineering, a gritter manufacturer, who issued a plea during National Apprenticeship Week stated “Not everyone wants to go to university, and for those who don’t, apprenticeships offer them an opportunity to learn and earn at the same time. However, before stepping foot in the workplace, they need to be moulded for life after school. In recent years, some of the school leavers that have come through our doors have been totally unprepared for the rigours of the working life. And speaking to colleagues in other businesses this isn’t unique to us.”