15 May 2012 #Employment
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has today published results from the Apprentice Learner Survey.
Key findings from apprentices include:
Key findings amongst employers include:
Skills Minister John Hayes said: "I am delighted by these impressive survey results......sending a crystal clear message that technical excellence is as essential and highly valued as academic prowess."
David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service said: "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." Indeed, the Government recently announced major reforms to drive up the quality of apprenticeships, including a minimum duration of 12 months for all apprenticeships.
Another report has also been published, The Employer Investment in Apprenticeships and Workplace Learning, which assesses not only the amount which employers invest in apprenticeships, but also the time it takes for the employer to recover their investment.
It is perhaps appropriate at a time when youth unemployment remains at such a high level that proper consideration is given to the quality and purposefulness of apprenticeships.