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Kelly Ball, Managing Director of Positive Outcomes

Employers highly supportive of apprenticeships

Positive Outcomes study says 93% of employers would take on someone with three-year apprenticeship over three years studying

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 24, 2016 | People, policy, politics

A recent study, conducted by apprenticeship provider Positive Outcomes, suggests that 93% of employers would opt to take on somebody who has completed a three-year apprenticeship over somebody who has spent three years studying. 

The research questioned 100 UK employers over their attitudes towards apprenticeships in the run up to the GCSE and A-level results days. 

As part of the study, employers were asked: ‘Thinking about your own company, would you take on somebody who had completed a three-year apprenticeship rather than three years studying?’ to which 93% said ‘yes’, with only seven per cent responding ‘no.’

Kelly Ball, managing director of Positive Outcomes, said: “93% is a huge endorsement of the value that apprenticeships bring. The beauty of them is that you’re gaining hands on experience that is of direct value to an employer. An apprentice is contributing to a business while also developing their own personal skills and abilities.” 

Respondents to the survey were also asked whether or not they agreed with the statement ‘Apprentices bring a wealth of enthusiasm and energy with them and can make a real difference to a company’s growth’, to which 86% said ‘yes’, with only 14% saying ‘no’. 

Kelly Ball continued: “This is yet another firm endorsement of apprentices and a true reflection of the things they can bring to a company. Young adults brought up in the digital age can introduce a new dimension to a business, helping to create a fresh and vibrant approach. 

“Young adults who are at a crossroads and considering what to do in the next stage of their life should consider the opinions of their prospective employers. Our results suggest that apprentices are highly valued for what they bring into a business. Taking on an apprenticeship will see them earning a wage, learning invaluable skills and directly contributing to the success of a business. This experience at a young age will set them up for life.”    

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