Massive increase in number of youngsters who view apprenticeships as career enhancer
6 Nov 2018
The number of young people who view apprenticeships as ‘career building’ has increased dramatically, according to one of the largest surveys on the subject ever conducted in the UK.
Over five years, the proportion who see their apprenticeships contributing a vital role to their job development has risen by nearly 70%, suggests the survey for RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk website.
The findings resulted from analysis by Crescendo Consulting of post-apprenticeship data from more than 15,000 individuals over the time period.
Meanwhile, the number of people prepared to recommend their employer to a friend has averaged 98%, says the report.
This is a strong indication to employers that apprenticeships are a valuable investment for attracting the best talent
Oliver Sidwell, co-founder, RMP Enterprise
Oliver Sidwell, co-founder and director at the website’s owner RMP Enterprise said:
“Apprentices are increasingly treating their experience as planning for the road ahead and acknowledging it as a worthwhile career choice in its own right.
“The growth in this sentiment among apprentices is a strong indication to employers that apprenticeships are a valuable investment for attracting the best talent. This is happening at a time when university applications have fallen by three percent and are at the lowest level since 2009.”
This was reflected in a drop on the proportion of young people who would recommend apprenticeships as a way of getting to university – down from 22% in 2013 to 18% in 2018.
Process industry firms and manufacturrs feature prominently in RateMyApprenticeship.co.uk's annual Top 100 employer list for 2018-19, with BAE, National Grid and BAM Nuttall taking the top three places