UK firms increasingly embracing apprenticeships

Hattie / 15th Mar, 2017 / News

New research shows UK firms increasingly embracing apprenticeships as part of recruitment policy

  • Almost half of UK businesses surveyed have taken on apprentices in the last five years
  • Three in four believe more young people will choose routes including apprenticeships in the next five years
  • Nearly two thirds of these businesses set to change their recruitment policy as a resul

New research from AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) as part of National Apprenticeship Week (6-10 March) has found that almost half (48%) of UK businesses surveyed have taken on apprentices in the last five years, highlighting that apprenticeships can act as a catalyst for young people to get a foot on the employment ladder.

Over three quarters (77%) of British businesses think that more young people will choose alternative routes into employment than university, such as apprenticeships, over the next five years, and just under two thirds (63%) of those think that this will change the way they recruit new staff in future.  Three in ten (29%) will increasingly take apprenticeships into consideration and a further 19% will attach less importance to a degree in their recruitment policy.  Over half (51%) of those that have taken on candidates with apprenticeships added that they have generally performed better than those with a university degree.


Mark Farrar, Chief Executive, AAT said; “Our research into the apprenticeship landscape found that many young people are seriously considering apprenticeships as a way of gaining skills to enter their chosen profession, and therefore it is very encouraging to see that UK businesses are thinking along the same lines when it comes to recruitment.

“Our research shows that there are thousands of UK firms who want or will consider apprentices as part of their workforce, and this figure is only going to grow.  This presents real opportunities for individuals to get on the career ladder, climb to success quickly and gain the skills necessary for landing their dream job.’’



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