The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released figures from a new survey which show that 8 out of 10 (78%) apprentices would recommend an Apprenticeship to their friends and 8 out of 10 (83%) apprentices said that completing an Apprenticeship would improve the quality of their skilled work and would also advance their career prospects.
Apprenticeships were also highly praised by business respondents to the survey, with 8 out of 10 (81%) companies stating that they would recommend apprenticeships to other employers. The survey was carried out with 4,000 employers of apprentices, along with a survey of 5,000 apprentices and a follow up survey of over 4,000 apprentices who completed Apprenticeships between 1 and 4 years ago
According to BIS, recent studies from research company ICM have found that 54% of young people in the UK would opt for an Apprenticeship, while other new research shows that employers rate apprentices as being 15% more employable than young people with other qualifications.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock commented:
“Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly attractive option for school leavers who want to forge a successful career by earning while they learn. This research shows why they are good news for both young people and employers.
“Whether they want to be a pilot, an accountant or even a space engineer, I would urge teenagers receiving their exam results to consider how an Apprenticeship could help them achieve their career goals.
“We want it to become the new norm that young people go either to University or into an Apprenticeship.”