Higher apprentices ‘most employable’ young people


Former apprentices are outpacing their peers when it comes to being fit for the workplace, according to new figures released today. The study by ICM Research reveals that employers in England rate qualified apprentices as 15 per cent more employable than those with other qualifications. 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.

The full list, published on apprenticeships.org.uk, shows that Higher Apprenticeships will be available in a total of 41 subjects including Engineering Environmental Technologies, Interactive Media, Legal Services and Space Engineering and will offer young people a different route to degree-level qualifications than traditional university study.

One in six (15%) 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.

David Way, Executive Director, National Apprenticeship Service said:
“Higher Apprenticeships are a great example of how Apprenticeships are changing to reflect the world of work and the even higher level skills needed by employers.”