When you think of an apprenticeship, what is the
first thought that comes to mind?
Apprenticeships are for people who didn’t do well in school? Apprentices just get tea and coffee all day? Sound familiar? These are just two of the most common misconceptions surrounding apprenticeships, and I am sure there are many more.
However, this could not be further from the truth. In fact, statistics from Amazing Apprenticeships paint an impressive picture for apprentices. The average lifetime earnings of a higher apprentice is… £1.5 million. Yes you read that right, £1.5 million. And with over 600 existing standards, from zoology to construction, and over 1,500 roles available, why do we often give apprenticeships a bad reputation?
One man who is currently attempting to thrash these misconceptions is Euan Blair. Son of former Prime Minster of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Euan certainly had some big shoes to fill. And fill them he did. In 2016 Euan and friend, Sophie Alderman set up White Hat, now rebranded to Multiverse, with the idea of connecting school leavers with appetising apprenticeships at top tech employers. Facebook, Google, Depop, Bloomberg and Microsoft are just 5 of the 300 or so leading companies Multiverse has partnered with so far. Blair even claims several young people have turned down places at Oxford to join the scheme. The figures certainly reflect the talk, with Multiverse claiming more than 100,000 individuals have applied for a role via their service.
What sets Multiverse aside in the vast and often complicated world of education is their clear vision for a total revolution for higher education, encouraging school leavers to take apprenticeships instead of studying and leaving higher education with cumbersome debt.
Demand for Mr. Blair’s apprenticeship-led programme also significantly rose during the pandemic. COVID-19 put an end to in-person teaching across multiple universities, leaving individuals asking “questions they may not have asked before” about formal higher education, boosting Multiverse’s funding close to billion-dollar “unicorn” status.
We are excited to see a positive turn around for the future of apprenticeships, and will continue, like Mr. Blair, to advocate for such a fantastic alternative route into education and employment.