Apprenticeships, work experience and internships: The oldest and still one of the most effective ways to prepare young people for the world of work, is to get them working alongside a master craftsman or woman to learn their skills and achieve professional competence. From medieval stone masons, cobblers and carpenters to modern-day bricklayers and web designers, apprenticeships ensure that young people acquire the skills and attitudes to hold down a decent job. Because workplace skills are changing fast, new kinds of apprenticeships are needed to train young people to be lifelong learners – teaching themselves the skills they need to get new jobs in fast-changing labour markets.
Rajeeb Dey, Founder, Enternships
Enternships: Enternships’ mission is to help recent graduates find the best opportunities to kickstart their careers, mostly in tech companies. Since 2009, the organisation has helped thousands of graduates find jobs and internships in more than 7,000 companies, including Telefonica’s Wayra, Propercom, Havas, eHarmony and Santander – all with a focus on enterprise. Their blog lists some astonishing stories and ideas for how to find, or create, jobs.