More than half of young people put apprenticeships as ‘first choice’

Apprenticeships increasing in popularity

12 August 2013

New data from research company ICM reveals that 54% of young people in England would choose to do an apprenticeship if one were available.

The numbers of young people who would like to do an apprenticeship rises to 56% of those who are already studying at university, and 66% of those who are already employed, but receiving no training.

The increasing popularity of apprenticeships among young people comes after previous business research, released earlier in 2013, showed that employers find apprentices 15% more employable than young people with other qualifications. In the study, employers ranked higher apprentices as the most employable of all young people – above those with degrees. 

Speaking about the findings, Minister Matthew Hancock said: ‘Apprenticeships are fast becoming the norm for school leavers who want to earn while they learn and forge a successful career, as this data shows. We are introducing more than 40 new Higher Apprenticeships this year so young people can now enter areas as diverse as space engineering and law. With exam results out soon, I would urge more young people to consider whether an Apprenticeship could be the right option for them.’

Meanwhile, David Way, Executive Director of the National Apprenticeship Service said: ‘Last year, the National Apprenticeship Service saw a record number of applications for apprenticeships on A-Level results day, and with up to 17,000 vacancies now available online at any one time, this summer we’re expecting that the number of young people applying for an apprenticeship could hit a new high.

‘Apprenticeships are a great option for school leavers and are now being seen as the first choice by many young people. It allows them to earn while they learn and gives them a great head start to their working life. We also want more employers to reap the benefits that apprenticeships have to offer by providing fantastic opportunities to young people.’

Click here to visit the National Apprenticeship Service’s website.


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