For so many young people, a college or university degree is the only option—typically, followed by years of on-the-job training and mentoring. But for some, the traditional schooling choice may not be the best fit.
Question: What training options are available to individuals who want to work in a technical field but do not want to pursue a higher education path?
Answer: Vocational training.
Apprenticeship and technical training programmes play a critical role in workforce development, especially for young people who decide to forgo a college or university degree. The combination of classroom and practical, on-the-job training experience usually offered through these programmes helps individuals build the foundation they need to advance in their careers – in both technical and non-technical arenas.
Blended learning models allow for fast-paced development that is beneficial to both individual trainees and the organizations that employ them. Structured vocational or apprenticeship programmes also help to ensure that the courses offered align with industry specifications and standards.
Often times, this educational option can also provide exciting opportunities for individuals with strong entrepreneurial visions to pursue training that gives them the tools to start their own businesses—and create their own successful career paths.
Over the past few years, we have seen increased interest in apprenticeship programmes and vocational training at Raytheon Professional Services (RPS), particularly in the UK and China. Additionally, participants in RPS-led programme are recognized for their exceptional work, such as Michael Ross, the 2012 recipient of the IMI Outstanding Technical Student award.
For more information on RPS’ vocational training and apprenticeship offerings, check out the following posts:
How are you using vocational training in your organization?