A new report will
show that Britain’s apprentices are getting promoted, improving
their confidence and taking on more responsibility in the
workplace, Skills Minister John Hayes announced today.
The results are taken from the Apprentice Learner Survey of 5,000
apprentices and will provide fresh evidence of the real value of apprenticeships.
Key findings include:
Satisfaction amongst apprenticeships is high. Almost nine in
ten apprentices (89%) were satisfied, rising to 92% amongst completers.
One third of individuals who had finished their apprenticeship
had received a promotion (32%), and of those in work, three
quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job
(75%).Three quarters (75%) of all former apprentices in work were
taking on more responsibility. Eight out of ten apprentices
believe that their apprenticeship has improved their ability to do
their job, provided them with sector-relevant skills and
knowledge, and improved their career prospects.Apprenticeships
also equip individuals with the confidence they need to fulfil
their aspirations, with almost nine in ten (87%) strongly agreeing
that they are more confident about their own abilities as a result
of undertaking the apprenticeship. Nearly two thirds (62%) agreed
that the course had improved their overall quality of life.
A second survey of over 4,000 employers also shows high
satisfaction rates among businesses.
Key findings include:
Satisfaction among employers is high. 88% employers were
satisfied (with 69% being very satisfied) with the relevance of
the training (just 4% were dissatisfied on this measure).85% were
satisfied (with 66% being very satisfied) with the quality of the
training provided by their provider (only 7% were dissatisfied).
Nearly half (47%) had already recommended apprenticeships to other
Mr Hayes said:
“I am delighted by these impressive survey results which show
nine out of ten apprentices are satisfied with their training and
a third have received a promotion as a result.
“We are succeeding in making apprenticeships a gold standard
option for ambitious young people and sending a crystal clear
message that technical excellence is as essential and highly
valued as academic prowess.
"However, while these survey results are excellent I
am relentless in my focus on improving quality and we will use
these valuable results to identify areas where more work is needed.”
David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship
“We are very pleased to see high levels of satisfaction
amongst employers and apprentices in these surveys.
“These findings will inform our work as we continue to raise
standards and focus on ensuring that all apprenticeships offer a
good experience as well as encouraging more young people and
employers of all sizes and sectors to engage.”
A third report has also been published. ‘The Employer
Investment in Apprenticeships and Workplace Learning’ is the first
study into the net financial benefits of training to employers.
The study assesses the amount that employers themselves
invest in apprenticeships. This ranges from £39,000 per
apprenticeship (level 2 and 3 combined) in engineering to around
£3,000-£4,000 in retail or hospitality.
The study also looks at the time it takes for an employer to
recoup their investment where the apprentice is a new recruit,
which averages at around one to two years.
Notes to editors 1. Online copies of all three reports
will be available to download on Tuesday morning at
www.bis.gov.uk. To get an advanced copy please contact the BIS
2. The Government has recently announced a series of tougher
standards to drive up the quality of apprenticeships. These
include 12 month minimum durations for all apprenticeships from
August 2012, except where 19+ apprentices have prior learning that
means that a shorter period is possible and public funding is
reduced, driving improvements in training and workplace learning.
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