Survey reveals apprenticeships increase employability

Apprentices are most employable

Apprentices are most employable

A new study from ICM Research has shown that apprentices are more employable and suited for the workplace. Figures revealed that employers rated apprentices as 15% more employable than people with different qualifications. People with a Higher Apprenticeship are seen as 25% more employable.

The results follow the release of a new film from the National Apprenticeship Service which acts as a guide to Higher Apprenticeships for young people, apprentices and employers. Higher Apprenticeships will give young people an alternative route to a degree-level qualification rather than university, covering 41 subjects including Interactive Media and Legal Services.

Currently, 15% of apprentices enter college or university after completion of their apprenticeship. Now with apprenticeships at degree and Master degree levels available, the options for young people have greatly increased.

During 2011/12, 3,700 people began Higher Apprenticeships in the UK, a growth of 68% on the year before that. Recent reports have shown that having a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship could mean an increase of GBP150,000 in lifetime earnings, making it an attractive option for young people and employees wishing to further their career.

COO of the National Apprenticeship Service, David Way, said:We know that Apprenticeships deliver real business benefits for employers. Higher Apprenticeships also enable businesses to recruit from a wider talent pool and invest in their workforce in a proven way that will develop and deliver its full potential. At the same time, they can provide young people with a nationally recognised work-based route into professions that have traditionally been the preserve of graduates.”