Training changing to reflect the world of work, study finds
Training is changing to reflect the world of work, new figures released have revealed.
That's according to an employability study by ICM research on behalf of the government which shows apprentices are more employable than those who followed the traditional educational route.
Those who complete Higher Apprenticeships are the most desirable employees, with businesses rating this group as 25 per cent more employable than those who took an alternative route into work.
The figures come as the National Apprenticeship Service releases a new film and guide to the Higher Apprenticeships expected to be available to A-Level school leavers and existing apprentices and employees in 2013.
One in six (15 per cent) apprentices currently progresses to Higher Education following their apprenticeship, either at a college or a university, but with apprenticeships at Bachelor and Master degree levels also becoming available for the first time, the opportunities for degree level learning while young people earn have now been significantly expanded.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "We want Apprenticeships or University to become the new norm for young people leaving school and Higher Apprenticeships are an excellent way to enter high-profile careers while also achieving a degree-level qualification.
"We are releasing the online guide and film today to inspire young people to think about their futures and to help employers see how Higher Apprenticeships could benefit their business."
Higher Apprenticeships are already a popular choice for both young people and current employees looking to progress in their careers, with 3,700 learners starting Higher Apprenticeships in England during the 2011/2012 academic year - representing growth of 68 per cent on the previous year. This bodes well for young people's future prospects, with recent reports estimating that completing a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship could result in increased lifetime earnings of more than £150,000 .
Gaenor Bagley, head of people at PwC, said: "We're finding talent from wider sources than ever before. There's no doubt in our mind that for talented students who are clear about their career path and want to get straight into work, Higher Apprenticeships offer a real opportunity that doesn' t compromise on training and development.