One in five employers have former apprentices in top management roles

New data has shown that apprentices are climbing the career ladder at an impressive rate, with 20% of employers revealing that former apprentices now command board positions in their companies.

As well as this, the Skills Funding Agency revealed that a larger 33% of employers have apprentices working at some sort of management level in general, highlighting the long-term benefits that well-trained apprentices that are invested in can offer businesses.

The findings were released to launch the third annual City & Guilds Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, and also found that 89% of the employers surveyed said that if they were starting out in the career today, they too would opt to do an apprenticeship.

Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock, commented: “As we can see from this research, today’s apprentice could be tomorrow’s board director. Nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business and the calibre of the companies included in this year’s Top 100 list just goes to show the breadth of employers who are now embracing Apprenticeships. 

Either going to University or choosing an Apprenticeship needs to become the new norm for school and college leavers. These figures support this aim and show that apprentices are able to succeed in some of the biggest businesses in the UK.”