Apprenticeships address the issue that not all candidates are born job-ready

A recent YouGov study, commissioned by training specialist Kaplan, has looked into apprenticeships and their benefits for school-leavers, identifying a positive perception among the UK’s business community, alongside a widely-recognised array of key benefits for the apprentice themselves.

The results suggest businesses are keen on the idea of harnessing fresh talent by taking on apprentices, with the majority (73%) of senior decision-makers saying this is one of the benefits of apprenticeships.

Additionally, well over half (64%) champion apprenticeships, saying that they help businesses to address skill shortages within the workforce.

Cassandra MacDonald, Head of Accountancy and Tax Apprenticeships at Kaplan, said: “At Kaplan, we have carried out extensive research to form a clear picture of how employers see both graduates and apprentices so young people can understand the development options available to them, and take Apprenticeships seriously as a route into a professional career.

“While getting a degree is still a valued next step, apprenticeships address the issue that not all candidates are born job-ready. They give businesses the chance to be fully involved in how their new employees are trained – especially once the new Trailblazer standards become live which have been designed and developed by and ether with employers. For apprentices themselves, this means being fully trained in the areas your employer wants you to be trained, and learning skills your employer wants you to master, and let’s not forget that an Apprentice may also decide to progress their studies to earn a full honours degree.”