At some point in our lives, we will all face challenging situations and need the support of others to move forward. While a lot of us have families and friends to lean on, there are many young adults who are without this important support network and need more help to build a better life for themselves.
The Electrical Industries Charity has launched the Apprentice Support Programme in order to provide this much needed support to young talent in our industry and to help them achieve their goals and create the future they deserve.
Apprenticeships offer a unique opportunity for a young person in the electrical industry to earn and learn while gaining invaluable training and life skills that will enable them to progress with their career. UK Government apprenticeship statistics state that almost nine in ten of the employers that takes on an apprentice report benefits to their business. In addition, 70 per cent of companies indicated that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service and on average increased productivity by £214 a week.
The Apprentice Support Programme helps young adults overcome issues (financial, emotional, health and family) that may be preventing them from pursuing an apprenticeship. The Charity’s programme provides services including career development and transition assistance, debt advice, financial assistance, legal advice, apprentice scholarships and bursary scheme, financial grants and assistance, and support for carers.
The programme aims to make it easier for young people to reach their potential and has already helped many do just this. In a recent example, twenty-year-old Billy was diagnosed with bone cancer in the final year of his apprenticeship, which was extremely aggressive and required a life-saving amputation. In order to regain his independence and complete his apprenticeship, Billy needed a prosthetic limb. His family, together with the support of the EIC’s Apprenticeship Support Programme and the local community, were able to raise the money for the limb and have enabled Billy to continue his career.
This story, and many others, just goes to show that it is never too late to make a difference in someone’s life and contribute towards creating a better life for young people in our industry. Support the EIC’s Apprentice Support Programme and help to keep dreams alive for young future stars in the electrical industry.