A study has revealed that nearly three quarters (74.1%) of Brits would choose to do an apprenticeship over studying for a degree, with 53.4% believing that apprenticeships are better for a person’s career prospects.
What’s more, the survey of 1,200 UK workers revealed that while 76.1% of Brits haven’t done an apprenticeship, 93.9% believe an apprenticeship can provide a worker with the skills needed to succeed in their career. But 91.2% think more should be done to promote these schemes, with 45.8% stating that it’s down to the government.
Other positive news on the apprentices is a CMI study including 600 management apprentices of which 89% say their apprenticeship is having a positive impact on their contribution to the organisation they work for and their apprenticeship is giving them better career prospects.
Analysis of DFE and CMI administrative data also shows that management apprenticeships are playing a critical role in boosting diversity. Analysis of DFE data has shown that since management apprenticeships were introduced nearly half (49%) of all management apprentices are women. At the same time, CMI data shows management apprenticeships are boosting social mobility, with just over 2 in 5 apprentices coming from the poorer parts of the UK.
Lee Biggins, founder and CEO of CV-Library, commented “It’s not overly surprising that the public feels so strongly about the benefits of apprenticeships. Not only do they provide workers with qualifications, skills and industry knowledge, they also give individuals fantastic experience, so that they’re ready to contribute to your company right away!
“My advice to companies would be to seriously consider more applicants who have done an apprenticeship and to create more opportunities for them within your own firm. These schemes, as proved by the data, could help to bridge the skills gap, aid the economy and play a vital role in training a worker with specific and relevant knowledge of the sector.”
CMI Head of Apprenticeships & Stakeholder Engagement, Alison Cox said: As the latest CMI research demonstrates, management apprenticeships work for all parties: they provide high quality, highly valued, transferable skills for apprentices, and deliver competent and confident managers for employers, with the skills and knowledge to improve performance and productivity.
Ann Francke, CEO of the Chartered Management Institute added “We know management skills are key to boosting productivity, so in National Apprenticeship Week we should celebrate the role that management apprenticeships play in closing the UK’s productivity gap. Over 9 in 10 management apprentices tell us that through their apprenticeship programmes they are developing the management skills and practices needed to be more productive in work.
Management apprenticeships also play an important role in boosting social mobility and helping redress the imbalance in our businesses and boardrooms: over 40% of management apprentices are from the poorer parts of the UK, and nearly half are women. If the UK is to prosper post-Brexit, then it will be critical that we accelerate and diversify the pipeline of talented future leaders.“
You can read the CV Library’s press release here.
You can read the CMI’s press release here.