Apprentices most employable, say firms

Mon, 08/04/2013 - 13:17 -- nick

Companies rate apprentices as more employable than those with other qualifications, a survey has found.

500 employers were asked to rate the employability of those with different qualifications on a scale of 1 to 10, and higher apprentices were scored highest of any.

The full list in order of employers' preferences is:

  • Higher (degree level) Apprenticeship 7.98
  • University degree 7.58
  • Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship 7.24
  • Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship 6.86
  • Level 3 vocational qualification 6.63
  • A-Levels 6.28

Source: ICM survey of 500 employers in England.

The value of degrees is still clear, athough combining them with vocational qualifications and experience helps employability.

The number of people entering higher apprenticeships has been increasing rapidly in recent years, with 3,700 starting in 2011/12, up 68% on the previous year.

David Way, executive director, National Apprenticeship Service said: "We know that apprenticeships deliver real business benefits for employers.

"At the same time, they can provide young people with a nationally recognised work-based route into professions that have traditionally been the preserve of graduates."

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