Apprenticeships, especially advanced apprenticeships, can truly change a young person’s life. Training on the job equips people with skills that make them highly attractive to employers, thus paving the way to professional success and a rewarding career. Moreover, new government figures show that an apprenticeship can become the gateway to higher education.
The latest statistics came via Skills Minister Matthew Hancock, who highlighted the importance of apprenticeships during his speech at a conference organised by Barclays and the Business Service Association. The research project producing the new figures has been running since 2005/2006. According to the 2014 update, nearly 20% of people completing an advanced apprenticeship progressed to higher education. In comparison, the proportion amounted to 15% in the preceding year. Since the launch of this tracker, over 32,000 young Britons have followed their advanced apprenticeship with higher education.
Commenting on the numbers for 2014, Hancock noted that they offered further proof of the value of apprenticeships. Vocational training gives young people the qualifications they need to build lasting, successful careers, he added. The research has also uncovered that some apprentices progressing into higher education come from underprivileged backgrounds, which means they are less likely to go from school/college straight to university. In this way, advanced apprenticeships are also proving important for the promotion of social mobility, helping people from more disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue further learning.
Hancock also used his speech to once again draw attention to the popularity of higher apprenticeships and he reiterated the government’s commitment to support the creation of another 20,000 higher apprenticeships in the two years ahead.