GCSE students have recently received their results and Stephen Smyth, spokesman for the #Apprenticeship training organisation ATG Training saw the results of a survey published last week by ICM who set out the findings of a survey of young people in England, revealing that 54% of them would opt for an apprenticeship if the opportunity presented itself.
Now the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released the results of its surveys of employers and apprentices, providing further evidence of the growing popularity of apprenticeships and their value to all parties involved.
Apprenticeships come highly recommended by both companies and trainees. Among the 4,000 employers participating in the business survey, 81% said they would recommend apprenticeships to other employers. The BIS asked the same question to 5,010 apprentices and 72% of them said they would encourage their friends to follow their example.
The employer survey also established that apprenticeships resulted in higher product or service quality for 72% of companies. According to 68% of the sample they enhanced productivity, while 55% listed as a benefit improved ability to attract good workers.
Among apprentices, 83% said that the apprenticeship had improved their career prospects and the same proportion stated that it had enhanced their ability to do the job.
Commenting on the results, Business Secretary Vince Cable noted that the government had persisted in promoting apprenticeships despite the difficult economic climate. Over the past two years apprentice numbers have surged by more than 80%, which shows that apprenticeships have become a popular career route for young people. The findings of the BIS surveys once again demonstrate the benefits for both employers and young people. Apprenticeships are key to building the UK’s skills base, which is in turn vital for the prosperity and economic growth of the country, Cable added.