Official: Apprentices are the Most Employable


Apprenticeships have never been more prestigious with a recent employer survey rating qualified apprentices 15% more employable than those with other qualifications. ICM Research conducted the online interviews with over 500 employers earlier this year  who were asked to rate the employability of people with different qualifications on a scale of 1-10. The average scores below demonstrate the value employers place on Apprenticeships, placing Intermediate Apprenticeships above A-levels and Higher Apprenticeships above University degrees.

Survey results on scale of 1-10

  • Higher (degree level) Apprenticeship 7.98
  • University degree 7.58
  • Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship 7.24
  • Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship 6.86
  • Level 3 vocational qualification 6.63
  • A-Levels 6.28

David Way, executive director, National Apprenticeship Service said: "We know that apprenticeships deliver real business benefits for employers. At the same time, they can provide young people with a nationally recognised work-based route into professions that have traditionally been the preserve of graduates."

Higher Apprenticeships are quickly being seen as an alternative to University; rather than having to pay thousands in tuition fees, many candidates are seeing the benefits of getting paid whilst pursuing degree-level studies. Furthermore  employers are increasingly recognising their value. Employers such as British Airways, Siemens, Unilever and the UK Space Agency are involved in Apprenticeships as well as many local West Berkshire employers.

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."

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