RNN Group urges school leavers to consider apprenticeships
Local education and training provider, RNN Group, is urging school leavers to consider apprenticeships after the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) on 5 July revealed rising student debt levels.
According to the IFS, university students in England will graduate with average debts of £50,800, after interest rates are raised on student loans to 6.1%. Those from the poorest backgrounds will also be worse off, owing over £57,000.
RNN Training, the Group’s apprenticeship and business training organisation, currently trains 4,000 apprentices annually across its three colleges – Rotherham College, Dearne Valley College and North Notts College, helping to upskill workforces and support economic growth in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire.
Deputy principal of the RNN Group, Philip Sayles, said: “School leavers may feel at a crossroads after finishing their A-levels as they weigh up their options and decide what career path is right for them. It’s one of the most important decisions they’ll ever make, so it’s crucial that they are aware of all the possible routes into employment.
“At RNN Group, we believe every young person should view high-level apprenticeships and university degrees as equally valid choices as they take that next step. New degree apprenticeships also bring together the best of higher and vocational training.
“We create exciting progression routes for students achieving A-level equivalent or lower level education and offer fantastic apprenticeship and workplace training opportunities in a range of subject areas, from engineering and construction, to digital and creative, care and early years, and leadership and management.
“Studies have shown that companies that have taken on apprentices believe it leads to a more motivated and satisfied workforce and have seen a significant increase in employee retention.
“We are committed to maintaining and developing key partnerships with employers from across the region, from small and medium enterprises to national and international businesses, to enable their workforces to prosper and to support economic growth.”
RNN Group, based in Rotherham and Bassetlaw, is a leading education and training provider, meeting the needs of thousands of employers, adults and school leavers each year across Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
The RNN Group includes three colleges of further and higher education (Rotherham, Dearne Valley and North Notts colleges) and five training organisations, to educate school leavers, undergraduates, employees and those rejoining the workforce.
RNN works in partnership with employers to find the workforce needed for their future and delivers training, apprenticeships and recruitment solutions.