‘Apprenticeships’ Audio Package Transcript

‘Apprenticeships’ 

EYEWITNESS (RUTH) 6 seconds 

I was getting involved with activities, I was planning activities to do with them so like I planned a painting day 

VOICEOVER 14 seconds 

The start of lockdown, Ruth was one of nearly three quarters of a million apprentices in England, working in a nursery in Coventry. In the first five months of the pandemic though, she ended up leaving with nothing after being made redundant.  

EYEWITNESS (RUTH) 10 seconds 

It made me shocked and upset like I’ve just found what could be a potential career path and now it’s all going to go soon. It was really shocking and sad. 

VOICEOVER 15 seconds 

The same thing happened to over a thousand others. That might not sound very many, but it’s two thirds more than the same period last year and it’s and underestimate. It doesn’t include apprentices who are being helped to find new work. For Ruth, it’s been a confusing year.  

EYEWITNESS (RUTH) 11 seconds 

We don’t get a lot of information. Even the nursery was a bit confused. It was like ‘I’ve got rent to pay, food to pay, I’ve got a partner that I live with’ and it was a lot of pressure. 

VOICEOVER 5 seconds 

The government says they’re on the case. In September, the brought in more support. 

EXPERT (GILLIAN KEEGAN) 2 seconds 

I’m Gillian Keegan the minister for apprenticeships and skills. 

VOICEOVER 5 seconds 

Gillian, what should an apprentice do if they’re made redundant? 

EXPERT (GILLIAN KEEGAN) 16 seconds  

Well, the first thing is to do everything possible to finish your apprenticeship. So if you’ve got less than six months to go, we can continue to support you with your training provider. Twelve weeks we will also work with you with employers; get straight on the apprentice redundancy service.  

VOICEOVER 3 seconds 

And do you think maybe they should even maybe be thinking about moving into a different sector? 

EXPERT (GILLIAN KEEGAN) 22 seconds 

Well I think they should be open to switching sector particularly if they’re in a sector that it is clear that it is going to struggle to open in the short term. Apprenticeships and apprentices are highly valued and highly skilled. There’s many people in the economy. We’ve got many skill shortages and you know they would love to take on apprentices in those areas. 

VOICEOVER 2 seconds 

Ruth may have lost her apprenticeship but she is back in work.  

EYEWITNESS (RUTH) 6 seconds 

I’m actually in a new job now. I work at a care home. I really do love this and another career path that I didn’t really expect to love.  

VOICEOVER 8 seconds 

But apprentices, colleges and ministers are all hoping that enough is being done now to make sure that 2021 is a better year to train.