Britain’s apprentices on the road to success
17 May 2012
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 has claimed.
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 among Apprenticeships is high. Almost nine in 10 apprentices (89 percent) were satisfied, rising to 92 percent among completers.
Almost one third of individuals who had finished their Apprenticeship had received a promotion (32 percent), and of those in work, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job (75 percent).
• Three quarters (75 percent) of all former apprentices in work were taking on more responsibility.
• Eight out of 10 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 10 (87 percent) strongly agreeing that they are more confident about their own abilities as a result of undertaking the Apprenticeship.
• Nearly two thirds (62 percent) 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 percent of employers were satisfied (with 69 percent being very satisfied) with the relevance of the training (just four percent were dissatisfied on this measure).
• 85 percent were satisfied (with 66 percent being very satisfied) with the quality of the training provided by their provider (only seven percent were dissatisfied).
• Nearly half (47 percent) had already recommended Apprenticeships to other employers.
Hayes commented: “I am delighted by these impressive survey results which show nine out of 10 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.”