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Apprentices more employable than university graduates

Apprentices are exceeding expectations in the workplace and are seen as ‘more employable’ and fit to work compared to university graduates. This was reported in a employability study carried out by ICM Research, on behalf of the government.

ICM Research surveyed 500 companies and revealed that employed valued work-based skills and experience that apprentices possessed, compared to those who took a more traditional route to employment like university graduates. The research suggested that apprentices were 15% more employable.

The higher apprenticeship programmes were ranker higher by respondents, with 25% suggesting they ranked more than other qualifications. These apprenticeships offer candidates a change to obtain qualifications at a university level, while simultaneously gaining valuable work experience.

These figures support the government initiatives to up-skill the workforce through apprenticeship programmes as a viable solution for rising to youth unemployment. Figures support this trend, with 3,700 learners taking up higher apprenticeships in the 2011/2012 academic year, which was a rise of 68% since the previous year.

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.”

Interested applicants can contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment team for more information by calling 0121 707 0550.

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