Businesses give apprenticeships top marks

New surveys released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills show nearly 8 out of 10 (78%) apprentices and 8 out of 10 (81%) businesses said they would recommend apprenticeships to friends or other employers.

How Apprenticeships Deliver for Employers and Apprentices

The Department produced the infographic above to illustrate the power of apprenticeships - click for larger version (.pdf).

Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly attractive option for school leavers who want to forge a successful career by earning while they learn. This research shows why they are good news for both young people and employers. We want it to become the new norm that young people go either to university or into an apprenticeship.

- Matthew Hancock,
Skills Minister, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
The surveys also found 8 out of 10 (83%) apprentices said their apprenticeship improved their ability to do their job and boosted their career prospects, and 7 out of 10 (72%) employers say apprenticeships improved their product or service quality. 

The survey follows new data released last week which showed that 54% of young people in England would choose to do an apprenticeship if one were available.

Business in the Community has found that employers are increasingly valuing apprenticeships and the talent those young people bring. We have also found that many sectors are embracing them as a way to address particular skills requirements they may have.

Research published in April this year also 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.

More on BITC's involvement with apprenticeships.