Apprenticeships and the Covid-19 pandemic

ended 25. March 2021

Tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 9:30am the Government is publishing data on the number of apprenticeships that have been created during the pandemic. In your experience, what impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on apprenticeships and what is the outlook for young people in the workforce in the short- to medium-term?

3 responses from the Newspage community

Being lucky enough to be offered a training contract in a law firm is getting harder each year. Law graduates will often take a lowly paid or even voluntary role in a law firm, just to try and showcase their skills. Solicitors' firms are generally office based and the pandemic has forced the industry to adapt and show methods of agile working in order to be able to continue providing legal services to clients. Law students will also look to get offered a work experience placement during their early study years, but the pandemic and associated working restrictions mean that many aspiring lawyers will not have be able to gain any invaluable work experience over the last year, or indeed this summer. Whilst the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have introduced a 'super exam' to try and ease the burden placed on a training contract, there really is no substitute for in-house learning and both 2020 and 2021 will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the career choices of many young people. A downturn in the economy will potentially further reduce opportunities for young people in the legal industry. Despite the glamour that is sometimes associated with being a solicitor, it is rarely as exciting as 'Ally McBeal' or 'Suits' and, just as in 2007-08 the industry will find recruitment of good young people moving forwards extremely difficult as a direct consequence of the last 12 months or so.
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This pandemic has had an impact on many things - from mental health to livelihood. But when it comes to apprenticeships, its effect could have been a blessing in disguise. The fundamental elements needed to nurture a young mind, just starting out in their career simply wouldn’t exist in a remote scenario. And if we think about this pragmatically, business have a long way to go before they are able to offer genuine value to an apprentice. A great first step would be to realize that apprenticeships aren’t free labor schemes, they are the chance to shape the workforce of the future.