adi Group – Responsible Business Champion: Education

adi’s Pre-apprentice Programme is raising aspirations of young people in the workplace.

The Education Partnerships Award

adi’s Pre-apprentice Programme will inspire young people into the workplace. It aims to raise aspirations of students – providing them with the opportunity to develop in-demand skills to progress into and thrive in their dream industry or sector.

Societal impacts

  • adi is challenging misconceptions around engineering; providing focus, drive and ambition for young people; helping address the STEM skills gap.
  • As a direct result of its programme, young people can now learn from an early age not to trust outdated stereotypes around engineering. adi’s scheme perhaps reflects a wider societal shift, as evidenced in a recent survey by VidCon London, the largest online video tech conference in the industry. Their research showed that engineering was the second most popular choice of career for Generation Z, second only by two per cent to teaching.
  • With STEM skills shortages leading to a rise in apprenticeships, adi measures its impact in this area by recording the number of people applying and joining the scheme. Each year, twelve students are taken on to keep the course manageable and individually focused. It is currently oversubscribed at a rate of 3 to 1, with competition key to ensuring adi has a strong pipeline of prospective recruits.

Business impacts

  • Reduction in recruitment costs: Through grass roots training there is a pipeline of talent coming through its business.
  • Recognition from peers and local community i.e. enhancements in business reputation.
  • Its internal analysis indicates it saves approximately £2,000 in costs, such as advertising, time and resources, per individual apprentice recruited thanks to the scheme and the success of North Bromsgrove school and Business in the Community (BITC) in promoting the benefits of the programme.

More businesses need to follow our example, and we believe our pre-apprenticeship scheme will create a comprehensive model which other schools and employers are able to replicate.

Alan Lusty, adi Group CEO

“The job market for engineers has received a lot of attention lately, whether it be the shortage of STEM graduates or questions about the future of the profession, but the truth is engineering continues to be a viable and in-demand profession. So, with such vital skills in short supply, adi took the initiative and launched the UK’s first pre-apprenticeship scheme for 14-16 year olds. More businesses need to follow our example, and we believe our pre-apprenticeship scheme will create a comprehensive model which other schools and employers are able to replicate,” Alan Lusty, adi Group CEO.

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