Skills Minister reveals 20% of apprentices progress to Higher Education

At the Apprenticeships in the Business and Outsourced Services Industry Conference, hosted by Barclays and the Business Service Association, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock published research which shows almost 20% of advanced apprentices moved onto Higher Education following the completion of their apprenticeship.

Cohorts of apprentices have been tracked for 7 years since 2005/2006 and there have been more than 32,000 people that have made the progression in total.

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said: “This research shows the opportunities available to apprentices are vast and apprenticeships can help people progress into the next stage of learning to help boost their prospects of getting a rewarding career.

“I want it to become the new norm for young people to either choose an apprenticeship or begin university. These new figures show that apprenticeships offer qualifications which will support young people throughout their working life.

“The research also shows that a number of those people that moved onto Higher Education were from a more disadvantaged background and less likely to attend university straight from school or college. This shows that advanced apprenticeships have a role to play in promoting social mobility and supporting those that want to move into Higher Education.”