Apprentices are exceeding expectations in the workplace and are seen as ‘more employable’ and fit to work compared to university graduates. This was reported in a employability study carried out by ICM Research, on behalf of the government.
ICM Research surveyed 500 companies and revealed that employed valued work-based skills and experience that apprentices possessed, compared to those who took a more traditional route to employment like university graduates. The research suggested that apprentices were 15% more employable.
The higher apprenticeship programmes were ranker higher by respondents, with 25% suggesting they ranked more than other qualifications. These apprenticeships offer candidates a change to obtain qualifications at a university level, while simultaneously gaining valuable work experience.
These figures support the government initiatives to up-skill the workforce through apprenticeship programmes as a viable solution for rising to youth unemployment. Figures support this trend, with 3,700 learners taking up higher apprenticeships in the 2011/2012 academic year, which was a rise of 68% since the previous year.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said:“We want Apprenticeships or University to become the new norm for young people leaving school and Higher Apprenticeships are an excellent way to enter high-profile careers while also achieving a degree-level qualification.”
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