According to recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) surveys the majority of apprenticeships provide benefits to apprentices and business.
Eight out of ten (83%) apprentices said their apprenticeship improved their ability to do their job and boosted career prospects. In a separate survey, 72% of employers said apprenticeships improved their product or service quality and 68% apprentices improved productivity.
Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills, said: “We want it to become the new norm that young people go either to university or into an apprenticeship.”
The study combined the results of surveys of 4,000 employers, 5,000 apprentices and 4,000 workers who had recently completed an apprenticeship. It found an overall satisfaction rate of 84 per cent for the apprenticeship programme. The majority (64 per cent) of apprentices work in small companies.