Survey reveals apprenticeship benefits for apprentices and businesses

Following new data released last week which showed that over half of young people in England would do an apprenticeship if one were available, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) commissioned a new survey which highly praises apprenticeships.

Findings show that 83% of apprentices thought their apprenticeship improved their career prospects and made them more capable at their job. 72% of employers say apprenticeships improved their product or service quality. Additionally, 78% apprentices and 81% of businesses would recommend apprenticeships to friends or other employers.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Despite the tough economic climate we have prioritised funding for Apprenticeships. With numbers increasing by more than 80 per cent in the last two years we know they are a popular choice. Today’s survey reinforces this, proving that Apprenticeships boost the prospects for both young people and businesses. Building a skilled workforce, partly through Apprenticeships, will give employers the skills they need to build a stronger economy throughout the UK.”

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “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.”