Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 February: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

National Apprenticeship Week 6-10 February: Resources

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The number of young people starting apprenticeships in Britain has risen by 16 per cent in a year as school leavers look for alternatives to expensive university degrees. National Apprenticeship Week is designed to promote the value of apprenticeships in every area of business. Find ideas from the TES Resources team online.

THE FIRST APPRENTICES

Four thousand years ago, the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi insisted artisans teach their crafts to young people. Records from Egypt, Greece and Rome show skills were passed on via apprenticeships. See Darren Ayling's resource on ancient civilisations.

FAMOUS APPRENTICES

Founding Father of the US Benjamin Franklin was indentured as an apprentice printer to his elder brother, James, in 1718 at the age of 12. He left before he was 21. Learn more about Franklin in a resource from M Cornish.

THE WORST JOB OF ALL?

From 1601, under the Elizabethan Poor Law, "parish" apprenticeships became a way of pushing poor, illegitimate and orphaned children as young as four into jobs that were little more than slavery. …

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