Apprentices in pole position for jobs, research finds

More than three quarters of apprentices get a full-time job at the end of their training, new research has revealed.

The survey of 227 former and current apprentices aged 16 to 24, conducted by apprenticeship provider Positive Outcomes, found that 77 per cent of respondents were offered a permanent job with their apprenticeship employer on completion of their course.

Some 92 per cent said they thought their apprenticeship will give them the edge over other candidates who don’t have the same training and experience.


‘Fantastic endorsement’

Ryan Longmate, joint managing director of Positive Outcomes, said: “The fact nearly four out of five apprentices go on to gain full-time employment with their apprenticeship provider is a remarkable statistic.

“When you compare that to going to university, where, having completed your degree programme, the process of job hunting begins in earnest, it really is a fantastic endorsement of an apprenticeship as a career route.

“Not only do you earn, learn and gain invaluable experience, you then avoid the stress of job hunting at the end of it.”


‘Unparalleled’ option

In addition to those who secured a full-time job after their apprenticeship, 4 per cent were offered a part-time role. Just 19 per cent said they didn’t get a job with the same employer.

Longmate added: “The experience and business insight garnered through an apprenticeship is educationally unparalleled and sets former apprentices in excellent stead to go on and progress in their careers.

“A recent Comres study, conducted in 2015, suggested only 52 per cent of graduates regarded their degree as value for money. Whilst this isn’t directly comparable, when you consider apprentices pay no tuition fees and in actuality get paid to learn, it really puts apprenticeships in an extremely favourable light.”